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  1. Another old accession, from Besançon in 1977!
  2. A specimen of our accession from Botanischen Tuinen, Utrecht, in cultivation since 1978! It correspond mostly to the heterotypic synonym C. stenophylla.
  3. Hi, An interesting paper about the malesian palms Korthalsia: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12225-019-9854-x This recent article (21 December 2019) present a nice overview of the myrmecophilous species of this little kown genus. The best, Aurélien
  4. I re-upload my pictures from Sulawesi Tenggara. Actually, it's seems to be a Decaisnina, but not D. sumbawensis. Perhaps a new species, as many plants and animals observed here...
  5. Another pictures from the specimens in cultivation here in Nancy. The best, Aurélien
  6. I'm quite sure to have find it in a list of ant-garden plants a few years ago... But I can't find my references yet. Or perhaps I'd did a misinterpretation with Codonanthe crassifolia (Codonanthopsis c.)? The really near Columnea linearis si reported from ant-gardens in Costa-Rica. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228473711_The_diversity_and_ecology_of_ant_gardens_Hymenoptera_Formicidae_Spermatophyta_Angiospermae
  7. Hi Derrick, Thanks for these infos and for the intention. Today in flowers in our private greenhouses : The best, Aurélien
  8. Hi Jeff and Derrick, and thanks for your nice comments. Thanks also Derrick for these nice infos. Yes, I accept their research, and I'll change the name! I wasn't aware of this paper and changes. gesneriads.info is my reference for Gesneriaceae, and this change is also accepted by POWO, one of my principal resources for taxonomy. All the best, especially during these pandemic times...
  9. Hi Jay, Good news! I've heard that there's literally dozen of new species of new species in press for Central America. I agree! Fred make really nice pictures. Ok for info! Even if it's not myrmecophilous, most of these plants are particularly nice. And thanks for your comment! I've discovered later your tutorial for ant-garden, it's also nice. I've done it with a completely different technique. The best, Aurélien
  10. Thanks Franck for your kind and enthusiastic report 😉
  11. After take a look to Jebb & Huxley revision (2019), I suppose it could fall into the variation of H. moseleyanum sensu Jebb & Huxley! There's now a lot of synonyms, such as H. agatifolium which could produce such leaves...
  12. Hi Jay, Nice pictures of this indeed, really pretty epiphytic Ericaceae! I've get a nice Disterigma campii from Ecuador last fall, that's also a nice plant (albeit really small!) Did you know if it's also myrmecophilous? BTW, congratulations for your Chamaedorea 😉
  13. The biggest work of the house: a dripping wall made with volcanic rock. 3 months of work for 3 peoples! But I'm happy about the result 😉 The first idea was to present myrmecophily on the left, and zoogamy on the right. So, most of the paleotropic ant-plants and asiatic ant-garden plants are here: Asplenium, Platycerium, Lecanopteris, Microsorum, Pyrrosia, Aglaomorpha, Dischidia, Hoya, Medinilla, Pachycentria, Grammatophyllum... But it's too wet for them, and it's not representative to have them in a wall. If I could, I'll build another branch in cork for them. Later... In the right face, I've put many flowering plants. Gesneriaceae, Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae, Begonia... About 300 species of various groups! The idea is to have a nice wall with high diversity, but also to have all the time some flowering plants. And particularly with interesting features for pollination (birds, lizards...) Some orchids are also in a cork branch here: And the Phytotelmata place! With A huge Alcantarea, Cochliostemma odoratissima, Nepenthes ampullaria, and diverse tank bromeliads. And the pedagogical pannels! I've write the texts and ask many people to get nice pictures of animals living in phytotelmata in situ. The place for zoogamy. The text and pictures refers to plants everywhere in the house. It take me so much time to find these picture, but wahou! These are so nice and so demonstrative! In this picture, you could also see on the left a branch with Vanilla (for zoogamy), and a bird nest build in our greenhouses by a local Turdus with our Tillandsia usneoides (for zoochory)! In the middle, Desmodium incanum, a nice Fabaceae with hooked fruits (very sticky!) that I'd mischievously put right in the middle of the path 😛. On the right, several sensitive plants (for "defence" against herbivory). The well known Mimosa pudica, but also M. diplotricha, M. sensitiva, M. polycarpa, M. pigra, M. uncinnata, Biophytum sensitivum and B. sokupii. The hanging liana is Passiflora colinvauxii, also for defence. Zoochoty board: And "defence" against herbivory board. That's all folks! I hope you enjoy this virtual visit during these strange times of lockdown 😉 Take care and stay well, All the best, Aurélien
  14. I'm particularly fond of these artificial trees made with hollow cork an a mix of pine bark and living Sphagnum. Here, I use it to show the high diversity of neotropical ant-gardens. Cactaceae: Epiphyllum crenatum, E. hookeri, E. phyllanthus, Deamia testudo. Piperaceae: Peperomia macrostachya, P. emarginella. Solanaceae: Juanulloa mexicana, Markea coccinea, M. longiflora, M. sessiliflora. Araceae: Philodendron ornatum, P. melinonii, P. deflexum, Anthurium gracile, A. scandens. Ferns: Microgramma lycopodioides, M. megalophylla. Bromeliads: Aechmea bracteata, A. longifolia, A. recurvata, Araecoccus flagellifolius. Gesneriaceae: Codonanthe macradenia, Columnea linearis, C. crassifolia. Orchids: Myrmecophila spp., Psychilis atropurpurea, Encyclia cordigera... And of cause, I've put two branches dedicated to Hydnophytinae! They look healthy here, in a sunny place, with high air movement. They grow fastest than in pot in the private greenhouses... A small panorama. Myrmecodia tuberosa from peninsular Malaysia, probably M. tuberosa 'armata'. The northern form of M. beccarii. A typical Hydnophytum formicarum. A lovely Myrmecodia from Papua. I've identified it as M. albertisii subsp. albertisii. A big and strong specimen of non ant-associated Hydnophytum : H. radicans (previously H. simplex). We don't see really in the picture, but the caudex is about 15-20 cm in diameter and whole plant reach 70cm! That's incredible as it's a 3-4 years seedling. It grow so fast here... Another nice Myrmecodia from Papua. To me, it's M. kutubuensis. Hydnophytum moseleyanum from Papua. A classical! These Myrmecodia received as M. echinata, I called them M. platytyrea... Perhaps I'm wrong. One BG gave it to Nancy in 1989 as from Philippines, but I'm quite dubious of it! There's so much risks of swaping of plants or labels in greenhouses... So in 30 years! Next one came from Solomons' Island. I've recalled it Myrmecodia tuberosa 'salomonensis' (or M. salomonensis). It's so pretty with its orange petioles! Myrmephytum beccarii, another classic. Another specimens of M. tuberosa 'armata' from peninsular Malaysia. I've put them upside down, I love this hanging habit! And to finish: a pretty nice Hydnophytum from Jayapura that I grow without name since a loooong time. I just recalled it H. lauterbachii sine 2019 revision of the genus. Problem: H. lauterbachii is supposed to come from S. Papua, and Jayapura is in the North...
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