Dischidia pectinoides

Dischdia are milkweed relatives native to Asia.  D. pectinoides has a symbiotic relationship with ants, which live in it’s hollow pods and protect against parasitic insects.  Organic matter from the ants is used as nutrients which the plant consumes.  The pods are only developed on mature plants, and usually there are only a small number present even on plants of considerable size.  The foliage of normal leaves is small, around 1/2 inch long and slightly less wide.  This plant can be kept outside during mild weather (50-85F) and does best in indirect light.

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