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Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Author:  C.R. Huxley & M.H.P. Jebb, 1991
Origin:   Papua New Guinea
Soil:  Epiphyte
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  60 Centimetres
Flower:   Blue - Pale Turquoise
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Myrmecodia decasperma, Valeton.

This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Camilla Rose Huxley and Matthew H.P. Jebb in 1991. It is found in Papua New Guinea, growing in a well drained soil with lots of water and some sun sun. The caudex can grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 60 centimetres in height. The flowers are blue or pale turquoise.

The genera name from Green anthos; 'flower' and rhiza; 'root' for the root-derived spines around the flowers. The species name caerulea referring to the blue flowers which are unique in the genus.

Huxley & Jebb's key to the Anthorrhiza genera can be found on the Anthorrhiza areolata page.

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