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Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Drawing by af Eleanor Catherine.

Photos by Andreas Wistuba.

Author:  E.D. Merrill & Lily May Perry, 1945
Origin:  Irian Jaya; Indonesia
Soil:  Epiphytic
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  30 Centimetres
Height:  200 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 the highlands of Irian Jaya in Indonesia, growing mainly as an epiphyte with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 30 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 200 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.

The genera name means 'ant head'. The species name in honour of the collector; Leonard John Brass.

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

Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Photo by Andreas Wistuba.