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

Squamellaria major A. C. Smith

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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
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.
http://archive.org/stream/mobot390880116....
A. C. Smith in Flora Vitiensis Nova: A New Flora for Fiji, Vol. 4, pp247/8, (1988).
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/...
Plus image, http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/...
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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