Flora of Andaman 11- 311210-PKA2

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Prashant awale

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Dec 31, 2010, 5:43:55 AM12/31/10
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Dear Friends,
 I had spotted this almost Football size bulb on a Mangrove tree  at Baratang (Andaman & Nicobar).
 
Date/Time: 22-12-2010 / 09:30AM
Location: Mangrove forest cover at Baratang
Habitat: Wild
 
regards
Prashant
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Pankaj Kumar

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Dec 31, 2010, 6:12:35 AM12/31/10
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Great. I imagine, I have seen such bigger galls in mangrove only in
Bhitarkanika.
And I think, there are two different species of orchids too.
Pankaj

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tanay bose

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Dec 31, 2010, 10:02:28 AM12/31/10
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nice size galls !! 
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Katarina

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Jan 15, 2011, 9:18:00 AM1/15/11
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Is this not a Hydnophytum or Mymecodia? Antplants that grow
epiphytically and can become quite large. It seems like the shoots
growing out of the "ball" has the right shape on the leaves.

I have just returned from theAndamans but only saw Hydnophytum on
Mount Harriet.

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Katarina
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On 31 Dec 2010, 12:12, Pankaj Kumar <sahanipan...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Great. I imagine, I have seen such bigger galls in mangrove only in
> Bhitarkanika.
> And I think, there are two different species of orchids too.
> Pankaj
>
> On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 4:13 PM, Prashant awale <pkaw...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear Friends,
> >  I had spotted this almost Football size bulb on a Mangrove tree  at
> > Baratang (Andaman& Nicobar).

Gurcharan Singh

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Jan 30, 2011, 10:31:29 PM1/30/11
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Resurfacing again for ID

Earlier feedback

Is this not a Hydnophytum or Mymecodia? Antplants that grow
epiphytically and can become quite large. It seems like the shoots
growing out of the "ball" has the right shape on the leaves.

I have just returned from theAndamans but only saw Hydnophytum on
Mount Harriet.
......Katarina



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J.M. Garg

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May 15, 2011, 10:54:09 PM5/15/11
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Forwarding again for Id assistance please.

Some earlier relevant feedback:

“Great. I imagine, I have seen such bigger galls in mangrove only in


Bhitarkanika.
And I think, there are two different species of orchids too.

Pankaj”

 

“Is this not a Hydnophytum or Mymecodia? Antplants that grow


epiphytically and can become quite large. It seems like the shoots
growing out of the "ball" has the right shape on the leaves.

I have just returned from theAndamans but only saw Hydnophytum on
Mount Harriet.

Regards
Katarina”

 


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Subject: [efloraofindia:58367] Flora of Andaman 11- 311210-PKA2
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Ritesh Choudhary

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May 17, 2011, 3:37:42 AM5/17/11
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Katrina ji is right!

This is Hydnophytum formicarum of Rubiaceae. Popularly known as 'Ant
Plant'. (Myrmecodia tubers are spiky).

Recently I came across this plant in Vietnam where it is listed under
the threatened category. It is distributed from Andaman islands to S.
Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and
Australia.

This plant is of interest to botanist and ecologists owing to the
symbiotic association of ants and the plant.

Regards,
Ritesh.

J.M. Garg

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May 19, 2011, 5:42:08 AM5/19/11
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A reply:
"Dear all,
Katarina is 100% correct. This is Hydnophytum formicarum (Rubiaceae) the famous ant plant. This plant mostly occurs in Mangrove trees but i have noticed them also in high altitude areas like Mount Harriet, Mount ford and Saddle peak in Andaman Islands. This is a very interesting plant having a bulb with numerous channels in it housing ant colonies. The ants in turn helps to protect herbivory to some extent but the main advantage to the plant if the excreta and other residues left but ant provides nutrition to the plant.
Thanks and regards,
Karthi"
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Prashant awale

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May 19, 2011, 9:19:27 AM5/19/11
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Thanks Karthigeyan ji, Ritesh ji, Katarina ji for the ID.
Regards
Prashant
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