Dischidia vidalii Becc., Malesia 2: 272 1886. (syn: Dischidia pectenoides H.Pearsen) ?;
Philippines (Luzon) as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Kangaroo Pocket, Bladder Vine
Dischidia-an epiphyte : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Thought of sharing this very interesting and unusal leaves of Dischidia. we had seen the same at Shillong high above on tree trunks and could not capture any pics. These are growing in a pot at my friend’s place at Shahpur, Mah. as seen by us on 28 March ’10.
Quoting from Stern ” Some leaves of Dischidia, an epiphyte … from tropical Australasia, develop into pouches that become the home of ant colonies. The ants carry in soil and add nitrogenous wastes, while moisture collects in the leaves through condensation of the water vapor coming from the mesophyll through stomata. This creates a good growing medium for roots, which develop adventitiously from the same node as the leaf and grow down into the soil contained in the urnlike pouch. In other words, this extraordinary plant not only reproduces itself by conventional means but also, with the aid of ants, provides its own fertilized growing medium and flower pots and then produces special roots, which ” exploit ” the situation.”
After this any doubts about how intelligent plant are? !!
Dischidia diphylla. This is one of the ant trees. Asclepiadaceae
The link Below provides good set of photos of different species of Dischidia sp. Lastly thanks to … for uploading one of the most important and interesting example of Myrmecophily.
Myrmecophily information- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecophily
Many thanks for sharing with us, once again one of natures wonders.
Thanks … I think in this case the spider is only around, as on any other plant !