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Ant drinking from extrafloral nectaries on adenia glauca. I was worried when I first saw the ants all over the vines of this caudex plant, which I inherited from a friend, and thought, "uh oh...aphids?" Yet upon inspection found none. Which prompted me to do some research, and I was fascinated to learn that it has extrafloral nectaries to attract the ants. I mostly collect cacti and succulents, and was fascinated to learn about this symbiotic relationship, which I didn't know existed outside of what I thought of as the true "ant plants." This discovery, combined with my visits to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens greenhouse to see the lovely collection there, inspired my foray into the world of ant plants. Very new to it (first hydnophytum specimens purchased from Frank at the Michigan Cactus and Succulent Society show in September) and excited to learn. 🥰 http://www.indefenseofplants.com/blog/category/Flowering+Plants