myrmecophyte


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myrmecophyte

[mər′mek·ə‚fīt]
(ecology)
A plant that houses and benefits from the habitation of ants.
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Seeds of myrmecophytes disperse separately from ant associates, and ants colonize host plants only after sapling establishment.
Competition among ants for myrmecophytes and the significance of plant trichomes.
Davidson DW, Snelling RR, Longino JT (1989) Competition among ants for myrmecophytes and the significance of plant trichomes.
Such analysis reveals that this interaction is predominant in the tropics, but particularly in the neotropics; that it is represented in a wide variety of plant lineages and that myrmecophytes are predominantly, though not exclusively, species of rapid growth rates, associated to habitats of high light availability.
Heath forests are characterized by uniform, fairly small statured trees (average up to 20-25 meters), an open canopy, large numbers of myrmecophytes, and usually occur on very poor, leached sandy soils.
Extrafloral nectaries in the genus Macaranga (Euphorbiaceae) in Malaysia: comparative studies of their possible significance as predispositions for myrmecophytes.
Epiphytic myrmecophytes in Sarawak: mutualism through the feeding of plants by ants.