Rattle Skulls Major Dischidia
Dischidia major 'Rattle Skulls' - botanical species of dischidia that develops two types of leaves. Some leaves on the tops of the lianas are small, round and juicy, while the leaves at the base are large, swollen, hollow inside.
In nature, the large and hollow leaves at the base of the plant present the ideal home for ant nests - instead, the plant feeds on the nutrients produced by the ant colony. At the same time, the ant colonies protect the plant from possible pests, being very aggressive with any intruder. The phenomenon is called "myrmecophilia" and refers to the association between ants and different species of plants (but also other insects, fungi, etc.), quite common in nature.
Lianas can be hanging or climbing, and at maturity they can reach lengths of several meters.
The flowers are small, urn-shaped and appear in groups of 4-5.
The plant thrives in conditions of medium or high humidity - the lack of atmospheric humidity can be compensated with fine, periodic sprays, but good airing/ventilation of the culture space is necessary. Replanting will be done annually, taking into account the development of the plants. Fertilization can be done with a product dedicated to orchids, at 25-50% of the concentration indicated on the package.
The roots of this species are finer - special attention will be paid to the moisture in the substrate, to avoid their rotting.
Popular names for Dischidia major 'Rattle Skulls': Malaysian Urn Vine, 'Rattle Skulls' or 'Ant Plant'
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