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 […]
This is likely the most widely available Dischidia, and also goes by the name “Million Hearts’. The leaves stay very small, about 1/3 -1/2 inch, cascading out of a basket to make a showy robust plant. The flowers are small and white, and occur singly on the main stem. This species is from the Phillipines and enjoys high humidity and good drainage. It can be grown in a basket or mounted epiphytically.