One of the first plants that I took on was an Ant Plant. Inspired to get into plants by my partner, I found this specific group of plants incredibly interesting. The way that it has a large portion of the plant lifted out of the ground, and visible roots at the base look both terrifying and astounding.
Myrmecophytes (/mərˈmɛkəfaɪt/; literally “ant-plant”) are plants that live in a mutualistic association with a colony of ants. There are over 100 different genera of myrmecophytes. These plants possess structural adaptations that provide ants with food and/or shelter. These specialized structures include domatia, food bodies, and extrafloral nectaries. In exchange for food and shelter, ants aid the myrmecophyte in pollination, seed dispersal, gathering of essential nutrients, and/or defense. Specifically, domatia adapted to ants may be calledhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecophyte