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Photo from François Mey's blog.


Drawing by  Rosemary Wise.

Author: 

E. Merrill & L. Perry, 1945

Family:  RUBIACEAE
Origin: 

New Guinea; Indonesia, Papua New Guinea

Soil: 

Epiphytic

Water: 

Maximum

Sun: 

Medium

Thickness: 

28 Centimetres

Height: 

40 Centimetres

Flower: 

White

Propagate: 

Seeds

Names: 

-

Synonyms: 

-

This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Elmer Drew Merrill and Lily May Perry in 1945. It is found in on the island of New Guinea; Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, growing as an epiphyte with lots of water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 28 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 40 centimetres or more in height. The flowers are white.

The genera name after Greek hydnon meaning 'tuber' and phyton meaning 'plant', after the swollen branches. The species is named for the many thin branched spines on the tuber. Latin; ramo; 'branched' and -spinum; 'spines'.