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Evolution and taxonomy of myrmecophytes with particular reference to Myrmecodia and Hydnophytum

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Those epiphytes which are inhabited by ants are reviewed; they comprise nine genera in four families. All are tropical and most are from the Far East. They probably all gain mineral nutrients from material brought by the ants. This contrasts with myrmecophytic trees and shrubs which are defended against insect herbivores by ants collecting food produced by the plant.

five of the nine genera of ant-epiphytes belong to the Rubiaceae; two of these, Hydnophytum and Myrmecod...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Plant Sciences
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Publication date:
1981
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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uuid:afea2aee-bc61-428c-82a9-4e193140c029
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ora:10855

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