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Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Author: Odoardo Beccari, 1884
Origin:  Sorong; Western Papua New Guinea
Soil:  None; Epiphytic
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  14  Centimetres
Height:  50 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Odoardo Beccari in 1884. It is found in western Papua New Guinea, growing as an epiphyte, but it thrive in a well drained organic soil with quite some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to fourteen centimetres or more in diameter, the entire plant to 50 centimetres or more in height. The flowers are white.

The genera name means 'ant head'. The species name for the occurrence in Jobi in Irian Jaya.

A key to the genera of the HYDNOPHYTTNAE is found on the Myrmecodia alata page.

Drawing by Eleanor Catherine.