The potato fern, a myrmecophytic species. Inside of its modified rhizomes there was a colony of ants which belongs to some species of Azteca (Formicidae).
The ants fought very hard to defend their house when I was collecting the fern.
A very interesting example of a mutualistic relationship between insects and ferns.
Collection Data ( 5120)
General Collection Data
- Date: 29-07-2011
- Primary Collector & #: 5120
- Collection Party: D. Sanín, P. Pedraza, J. Betancur, M.F. Gonzalez, R. Arévalo, J. Serna & A. Duque
- Det. History:
- Habitat: Tropical rainforest
- Habit: Epiphyte
- Specimen Locations: COL, HUA, MO, NY
Epiphytic myrmecophytic fern.