Hydnophytum Treasure

A NATURAL TREASURE

I am a Hydnophytum papuanum and have been given the name of ‘Treasure’. This is because I’m one of the tropical treasures of the mangroves. If you go looking through the wilds of Asia or Australia, you will have a good chance of finding me. In nature, I live as an epiphyte: I am supported by other plants and don’t have roots growing into the ground. Oddly enough, my swollen succulent stems are colonised by ants. These ants patrol the tunnels in my caudex and remove foreign leaf-eaters while their excrement provides extra nutrients that I absorb. I produce small white trumpet-shaped flowers during by flowering period.