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Antplant 'Myrmecodia beccarii'

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Myrmecodia beccarii

Few plants have adapted as well to co-existence with an animal species as this Myrmecodia beccarii. The base of the swollen stem develops hollows or chambers which are invaded by the golden ant. This ant plant grows high up in trees where nutrients are scarce. It is endemic to the tropical mangroves of northern Australia.

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Myrmecodia beccarii
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Plant type
plant
Plant type
antplant
Place
indoor
Place
artificial lighting
Adult width:
80 cm
Light
full light
Light
semi sun
Watering
normal

Product info

Myrmecodia beccarii plays host to two types of creatures in its swollen tuberous stem. As well as being colonised by ants, it is used by a butterfly which lays its eggs on the plant. The ants carry the eggs inside the plant because they smell like ant’s eggs. The ant plant produces very small white flowers in the axil of its large, shiny leaf petioles. Once the flowers have finished, they turn into red berries. It grows to a height of roughly 80 cm.

Height:
15 cm
15 cm
Width:
10 cm
10 cm
Adult height:
< 5 cm
< 5 cm
Adult width:
80 cm
80 cm
Flower colour:
White
white
Flower period:
All year
all year
Plant type:
Plant
plant
Product type:
Plant
plant
Plant type:
Antplant
antplant
Growth habit:
Epifytical
epifytical
Araflora info:
Non-edible
non-edible
Growth rate:
Normal
normal
Araflora info:
Special
special
Natural habitat:
South-East Asia
South-East Asia
Altitude range:
0-1500 m
0-1500 m
 

Plant care

Ants are not essential for this species to thrive. Myrmecodia beccarii is used to tropical conditions which can be replicated in the home by placing the plant in partial shade. The temperature in a greenhouse should be around 26⁰ C . The plant will be damaged if it exceeds or falls below. For the best possible growth, humidity needs to be around 75%. The best potting mix consists of a mixture of peat and coconut fibre. You can find both and many other materials in the “Plant accessories” section. Myrmecodia beccarii needs watering regularly but it must not be left standing in water. In other words it needs to be in a pot that drains well. Allow the potting mix to dry out in between watering. Promote growth by adding a small amount of fertiliser once a week. If Myrmecodia beccarii becomes too big, it can be pruned.

Care:
Easy
easy
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Light:
Full light
full light
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
Normal
normal
Watering tips:
Free draining mixture
free draining mixture
Watering tips:
Not standing in water
not standing in water
Water spraying:
Water spraying
water spraying
Maintenance:
Can be pruned
can be pruned
Air circulation:
Normal
normal
Place:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Air humidity at day:
60-80%
60-80%
Air humidity at night:
80-100%
80-100%
Day temperature:
20-30 °C
20-30 °C
Night temperature:
12-18 °C
12-18 °C
Temperature max:
35 °C
35 °C
Temperature min:
15 °C
15 °C
Temperature:
< 15 °C
< 15  °C
Fertilize:
Little
little
Artificial light height:
20-40 cm
20-40 cm
Soil ph:
<6-7>
<6-7>
Soil type:
Peat/cocos
peat/cocos
Repotting:
After 2 years
after 2 years
 

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