Ritesh Kumar Choudharyunread,
May 17, 2011, 10:32:13 PM5/17/11
Sending herewith the images of Hydnophytum formicarum Jack, popularly known as the 'Ant Plant'.
The plant belongs to one of the five known genera of tuberous, epiphytic, myrmecophytes (plant that lives in a mutualistic association with a colony of ants) belonging to the tribe Psychotrieae, subtribe Hydnophytinae of the family Rubiaceae.
In India, it is distributed in Andaman. Recently, it was posted by Prashantji also but quality of the photographs were unfortunately not upto the mark.
Recently I came across this plant at Nha Trang city of Vietnam (ca 200msl) and thought of sharing the details with eFlora group.
Distribution: Andaman Island, S. Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji and the Cape York Peninsula in Australia.
Notes: Listed as critically endangered in Vietnam and Singapore. Probably rare in India too.
Hope you'll like this post.