Hydnophytum sp. - Ant Plant
Hydnophytum are caudex-forming epiphytic plants from the rainforests of Southeast Asia grown ornamentally for their unusual shape. These plants are called ant plants because in nature, their unique caudex has pockets and tunnels that support a colony of ants, providing the ants protection from rain and the ants provide nutrients to the plant. But don't worry, the plant doesn't attract ants!
Our young Ant Plants have slightly swollen bases that will continue to enlarge as the plant matures, giving the plant a bonsai appearance. In the wild, these plants attach to various trees and grow suspended in the canopy. Because they would naturally rely on rain for water and ants for fertilizer, they are adapted to bounce back from a bit of neglect.
• Light: Medium to bright, indirect light. Some direct sun is okay.
• Water: Water when substrate is mostly dry.
• Considerations: These plants like smaller pots than most plants. Higher humidity can encourage faster growth.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You'll get a healthy Hydnophytum sp in a 2" nursery pot. No two plants are alike, and yours will have their own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos.
Our plants include detailed care instructions as well as our Houseplant Best Practices guide, with information on how to repot, seasonal care and more!
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A really cool plant, bigger than I thought it would be.