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Locals call them "Testacles of the Trees" common name..

Squamellaria major A. C. Smith


A truly weird myrmecodomic (ant-house) epiphyte noted for its symbiotic mutualism with the endemic Fijian ant Philidris nagasau. It is endemic to the tiny island of Taveuni in the northern Fiji archipelago.


On tree trunks or large limbs in closed rain forest, often solitary or few at altitudes from 300- 600 m. (984- 1969 ft.)


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Fijians call them "Testacles of the Trees"
Squamellaria major A. C. Smith. Fijians call them "Testacles of the Trees"

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DerrickRowe 3 years ago

Squamellaria major A. C. Smith (Albert C. Smith) published in Contributions from the United States National Herbarium vol. 37, p90, (1967.) Scroll to page.
A. C. Smith in Flora Vitiensis Nova: A New Flora for Fiji, Vol. 4, pp247/8, (1988).
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Also Jebb, M. H. P. in The tuberous epiphytes of the Rubiaceae 4: a revision of Squamellaria, in Blumea vol. 36 (1) (1991).

Northern, Fiji

Lat: -16.81, Long: -179.93

Spotted on Jul 31, 2013
Submitted on Jul 17, 2015

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