These are really a bit of a novelty plant for all but the enthusiast, Myrmecodia species appear every now and again, however are a little difficult to grow and maintain.
Myrmecodia tuberosa, Myrmecodia beccarii and Myrmecodia echinata are all referred to as the ‘Anthouse Plants’, a fascinating group that come from Asia through to Queensland.
As the plants grow they form a cuadex or tuber and as parts of the tubers die back, holes form and ants make homes in them.
The ants provide nutrients for the plants.
All Myrmecodia require warm temperatures and will grow well in full sun to part shade. Mainly grown for the large caudex as well as the foliage they require moisture year round. You can grow them indoors, however the moisture will need to kept constant. They are an epiphytic plant so are best grown on a tree outdoors in a sub tropical environmnet. They can however be grown in containers if required.
Available from the following growers
PARADISE DISTRIBUTORS – 07 5441 5921