Rare species of 'Ant Plant' native to the mangroves of northern Australia, where it grows as an epiphyte (on the bark of trees).
In nature this species has a symbiotic realationship with the Golden Ant (Iridomyrmex cordatus). The ant provides the plant with protection from predators and nutrition. In return the ants benefit from honeydew produced by the small white flowers and from sheltering within the hollows of the swollen prickly base of the plant.
Makes an interesting and unusual display specimen grown in its pot. Can also be wired to cork bark or driftwood to create a more natural and unique hanging display.
These specimens were originally produced 'in-vitro' from meristem culture in a laboratory. They are now 2-3 years old.
The plant is supplied in a 9cm pot. Height of plant, including pot, is about 20cm.
Easy care, given a bright spot out of direct sunlight. Cold sensitive and should ideally be kept above 12 celcius.
The last photo shows a plant in nature and is for reference only.