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Dischidia rafflesiana, Dischidia major, Ant Plant, Malayan Urn Vine, Rattle Sculls

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 Dischidia rafflesiana, Dischidia major
Family: Apocynaceae   (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Ant Plant, Malayan Urn Vine, Rattle Sculls
Origin: India to Australia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperShadeSemi-shadeEpiphyteModerate waterOrnamental foliage

An unusual succulent/epyphite vine with inflated, hollow leaves resembling baloons, in nature used by ants for nesting. It is a strange Hoya relative with modified leaves that look like a cluster of bananas. These leaves house ants in the wild; the ants get a free house and the plant gets protection from predatory insects. This tropical epiphyte can be grown in moss, orchid bark, or on bark. It also has round coin-like more normal leaves. Likes warmth, bright light, and high humidity. Grows to about 16-feet long, having many wiry, and twining stems. On the stems, adventitious roots form at the leaf joints to attach it to the host plant. The leaves are opposite, starting small, and rounded, then the modified food storage leaves becoming large, pitcher-like, and hollow. However, the cavity in the leaf fills with its own roots. These leaves are fleshy, green outside, and purplish inside. Flowers are yellowish, fleshy, and arranged in umbels. USDA Zone 11. Easy to grow as a houseplant or in the drier areas of terrariums. Likes bright light and needs to dry out between watering.


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 Dischidia rafflesiana, Dischidia major, Ant Plant, Malayan Urn Vine, Rattle Sculls

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Dischidia rafflesiana, Dischidia major, Ant Plant, Malayan Urn Vine, Rattle Sculls

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Dischidia rafflesiana, Dischidia major, Ant Plant, Malayan Urn Vine, Rattle Sculls

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hoofs and horns
USA
14 Dec 2010
The very first Hoya Catalogue is finally published:
http://wax-plant.com/


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