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Anthorrhiza recurvispina

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Photo from Rossel Island by Derrick Rowe.


Photo from Rossel Island by Derrick Rowe.


Photo from Rossel Island by Derrick Rowe.


Photo from Rossel Island by Derrick Rowe.

Author:  C.R. Huxley & M.H.P. Jebb, 1991
Family:  RUBIACEAE
Origin:  Papua New Guinea; Louisiade Archipelago.
Soil:  Epiphytic
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  35 Centimetres
Height:  70 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Ant Plant
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Rubiaceae  family was given this name by Camilla Rose Huxley and Matthew H.P. Jebb in 1991. It is found on Louisiade Archipelago in Papua New Guinea, growing in the middle and top of the rainforest, on branches of trees. It will receive quite some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 35 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 70 centimetres in height. The few stems are rarely branched. The flowers are white.

The genera name from Green anthos; 'flower' and rhiza; 'root' for the root-derived spines around the flowers. The specific name recurvispina draws attention to the curved spines.

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.


Photo from Rossel Island by Derrick Rowe.


Photo from Rossel Island by Derrick Rowe.