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    Leperous Ant Plant!

    Check out this monster I picked up at the local orchid shop today

    Myrmercodia echinata



    No way man, it's just not gonna fit!




    Look at that multiheaded caudex




    Now here's the blooms which emerge from these leperous lesions which form along the stem!





    Upclose. The blooms are four cornered, sealed and tubular. They are self fertile creating orange berries with a few seed in each. I have half a dozen blooms so will be able to get to propagating these from seed soon.



    Here is the tragic remains of my Hydnophytum simplex, poor guy got attacked by a caterpillar on the patio but it's coming back. Any possible seed/seedlings from this little guy is a few years off yet.


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    Very neat plants

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    Interesting plant
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    Yeah, "beautiful" just doesn't describe it does it?

    I'd never seen this species before and I love these rotten flesh looking holes in them that bloom this weird fungi shaped little flower and make bright orange berries. One plant at the shop had a berry ready to pick but this was the biggest one with the most blooms currently on it, I can wait a few weeks for berries. I gotta wash the leaves off with lemon juice, Jerry loves his fertilizer...

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    I guess it's been longer than I remember since having a mature ant plant, I have some orange berries swelling up today! I didn't remember they were so fast.

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    Wow, that thing is delightfully weird. I must have one!

    Are they hard to care for? I mean, compared to your typical CP of course, LOL.

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    Got some pics of the berries now:


    Upclose with the camera I am able to see the makings of about 8 berries just in these two lesions... gross!


    Not sure how many seeds will be in each berry, IIRC my old Hydnophytum formicarum had 3 or 4 seeds per berry. But that species bloomed just at the growing tip

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    So if left where ants had access, they would have mutual relationship or home themselves in it?

    Awesome specimen BTW.
    Good growing, Jack
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