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  2. Thanks for sharing this interesting species, Andreas!
  3. Thank you, Derrick. Fascinating read.
  4. Lecanopteris from spores?

    hi andreas how fast do they grow in culture , does the media need to be wet for the gametophytes to mate? I'e grown staghorns in-vivo and also just started them in-vitro..they sure germinate faster in-vitro thx steve
  5. Lecanopteris from spores?

    thx frank
  6. Lecanopteris from spores?

    Hi Sromes1, Welcome to the forum! Sorry, I have zero experience growing staghorns - either sporophytes or gametophytes. So I can't really offer any comparisons to growing them as compared to Lecanopteris I thought the propagation of Lecanopteris by spores was way too time consuming for me compared to taking rhizome cuttings. Others here surely have better skills at growing ferns from spores than me and should have better answers for you than me. Frank
  7. Lecanopteris from spores?

    frank , I've grown staghorns from spores..are these any different to start, are these slow growing/
  8. An Australian entomologist friend who first introduced me to ant-plants in Australia, told me years ago about a population of plants he had discovered north of Weipa on the the Gulf of Carpentaria on the west side of Cape York Peninsula, Australia. It was a population of myrmecodias with WHITE FRUITS. Back then, it was not well known that M.beccarii was first typified and described from "a very rare specimen" found somewhere on the gulf coast back in the 1880's. Thus initially there seemed to be a possibility that it might be a species new to science. However, now that we know M.beccarii is found as far north as the Iron Range region (which is only slightly to the south of Weipa but on the other side of the peninsula) and that M.beccarii had existed on the gulf coast, it seemed most probable that it might be that species. Thus in 2015 I spent a few days in the region hoping to find a population that had been reported as common specimens. Sadly, although numerous sites were found that seemed ideal habitat, not a single Myrmecodia was found, even in locations where Dischidia nummularia a very common cohabitant was very frequent. The Melaleuca forests (prime M.beccarii habitat) showed signs of intense bush fires and the nearby Rio Tinto strip mining areas were off limits so these are possible reasons why no specimens were found. I have attempted to advise the Australia Botanical authorities of the probable presence of a unique population (very possibly genetically distinct) but I have been ignored. The following link is for the actual herbarium specimens collected from the gulf coast habitat by my friend but they have been incorrectly labelled as the very widepread species M. platytyrea subsp antoinii. which they most certainly are not (it has orange fruits). http://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/151fcb20-a39b-4cba-b8a8-ccf03066bf33 The Australian botanical community seem very determined not to accept their error, possibly because of the enormous power of the Rio Tinto mining empire that is completely denuding vast areas of pristine forest by removing meters of topsoil and ALL of its lifeforms so that they may then remove many meters of the underlying bauxite (aluminium ore). Now I have indisputable proof from Rio Tinto's own site analysis that Myrmecodia beccarii does (or now DID?) exist in these lands. http://www.riotinto.com/documents/SoE_Vol3_EPBC_assessment_report_part_1.pdf
  9. Avonia journal

    The December 2017 issue of the prestigious German journal Avonia has an article with photos about the ant-plants of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It is presented with what I hope is enough background information to encourage others to follow in my footsteps. The next issue will cover part two; the islands.
  10. A very rare field trip opportunity

    Enoch has advised this is not such a joint arrangement as Wayaki suggests. However, the reality is that Enoch (who is a rapid learner) after leading both my and Dr Andreas Wistuba's tours of Papua New Guinea's ant-plant habitats is totally indispensible to such tours. I am very tempted to do such a tour myself but I am currently awaiting a hip replacement operation and I am an old man.
  11. Squamellaria vanuatuensis

    As always, thanks so much for always keeping up the hunt for the missing Grail, Derrick! J
  12. I have just acquired a Facebook contact in Vanuatu whom intends to search for this rather hydnophytum like species.
  13. A very rare field trip opportunity

    Here is an email recently arrived from Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. "Hello Derrick and merry xmas to you. I am writing up a tour program with Enoch Bulunamur to do an ant plant tour and wondering if possible can you connect us to people you know off. My gmail add; waiyaki.nemani @gmail.com. Please advice if this is good to you. Thanks." This is a very rare and unique opportunity to see a large range of myrmecodomic species in habitat with spectacular scenery and wildlife. Furthermore, I can very confidently recommend your experienced guides. Both my and Dr Andreas photos provide hints of what you will see and Enoch is finding ever more populations that may prove to be new to science.
  14. What a beautiful specimen--it's like a giant caterpillar! Thanks for the photo.
  15. Again, beautiful shots. The embossed leaves are very interesting and reminiscent of Squamellaria guppyana. I think Frank mentioned there are two closely related species from this group in this region. Did you find both?
  16. Hydnophytum spec. from "inland mangrove" near Siasiada village Certainly related to Hydnophytum radicans.
  17. Definitely a beautiful specimen. Makes me want to start growing Lecanopteris (again). Thanks for posting.
  18. Anthorrhiza chrysacantha

    wow, very nice! I especially like the first two pictures, very special.
  19. Huge Hydnophytum - possibly H. petiolatum - Milne Bay area - PNG The tuber certainly measures 50-70 cm in diameter
  20. That is a gorgeous ecotype, Andreas. Amazing form. Thanks for all these wonderful photos from your most recent excursion. J
  21. Lecanopteris sinuosa - Normanby Island Certainly the most extreme form of this species I saw so far. The "thorns" from which the leaves emerge are much bigger than in the other varieties I saw so far:
  22. Anthorrhiza chrysacantha

    Very nice, striking species! Seems somewhat reminiscent to some of the Myrmephytum arfakianum that you have shown here. Wonderful to have you posting again. Jay
  23. Myrmecodia spec. - Mt. Kaindi - below summit - PNG This species certainly is related to M. horrida, M. ferox and M. gracilispina. However, the leaves are much more spathulate than any of these species and the shoot is far less spiny. This species, however, shares the "ant tunnels" in the shoot.
  24. Anthorrhiza bracteosa

    Anthorrhiza bracteosa Huxley & Jebb - Normanby Island - PNG
  25. Anthorrhiza recurvispina Huxley & Jebb - Missima Island - PNG
  26. Anthorrhiza recurvispina Huxley & Jebb - Rossol Island - PNG
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