Ash

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  1. I have only observed white drupes on Myrmecodia beccarii. Perhaps someone else has further observations. In my area, and in my experience the dark pink drupes are found on Myrmecodia 'tuberosa papuana'.
  2. Derrick - Yes it does seem that some of Banks' and Solander's collections from Cooktown (although very famous) were not used as types until long after they were collected, and until long after the species were even well known and being grown and named in Europe. A most curious observation. Ash
  3. Lovely images Derrick. For your interest here is a Myrmecodia platytyrea subsp. antoinii from the McIlwraith Ranges further south. This plant I labelled 'hang loose'. regards Ash
  4. Hello, Many ant plant lovers are perhaps not aware that Myrmecodia beccarii Hook f. also occurs far up on Cape York. Here it is very well armed with spines but retains all its other familiar features such as white fruits, thick and succulent leaves and a rather dumpy growth habit. This photo is of such a plant taken on one of my favourite bushwalks where one can observe all of Australia's Rubiaceae ant plants growing in close proximity. It was from Cape York, on the Gulf of Carpentaria side that Myrmecodia beccarii was first described. best regards Ash
  5. Hello - lovely images Derrick. Thankyou for posting. For interest here is a further images of Myrmecodia tuberosa 'papuana' from McIlwraith Range, Cape York Peninsula, long time ago. This plant is one of the plants from which seed was collected for the authorised propagator trade in Queensland, AU so some of you will have its offspring in your collections. Having observed Myrmecodia tuberosa in Malesia and in Australia I am yet to be convinced I was looking at the same species. I have continued using the name until such time as some better data is available to be certain one way or another. They have the most beautiful jelly bean pink-red fruit and rather succulent leaves. regards Ash
  6. Hello, For your interest - here are some further images of the Myrmecodia platytyrea subsp. antoinii from Mossman taken over a decade ago when seed was collected to establish it in authorised cultivation. Note it is both a protected species here in Queensland and occurs in a National Park managed jointly by aboriginal elders, hence the need to do surveys of its abundance. In the wild they do get the typical four rows of clypeoli found in M. p. subsp. antoinii from elsewhere in Australia although it is less pronounced in shade grown plants. They don't seem to get the orange or red petiole and midrib coloration of plants from further north on Cape York. The plant in the image is the plant that seed was collected from to establish it in the authorised propagator plant trade (e.g. via TAKARAH Gardens) so it is effectively a great great grandfather by now. It still lives there, having got old and fat, just minding its own business. I say hi from time to time while doing vegetation surveys. It also occurs on rock torrs and mountain peaks in the broader area. kind regards Ash