E.D. Merrill & L.M.
Mount Tafa; Southern Papua
This member of the Rubiaceae
family was given this name by Elmer Drew Merrill and Lily May Perry in
1945. It is found on Mount Tafa in southern Papua
New Guinea, growing as an
epiphyte in deep moss or hanging in an up to one meter long root. It
lots of water and some sun. The caudex can grow to
30 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 50 centimetres in height. The flowers are white while the fruits are red..
genera name after Greek hydnon meaning 'tuber' and phyton
meaning 'plant', after the swollen branches. The species is named for
its myrtle-like leaves.
It is the home to
small red tree frogs; Cophixalus riparius.