Category Archives: Myrmecochory

The Secret Lives of Scoliopus 

by Arthur (Art) G. Guppy Scoliopus is a genus seldom seen in alpine gardens, which is strange, as either of its two species is easy to grow and both are of unusual interest.  Scoliopus hallii has rather small, almost inconspicuous … Continue reading

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Erythronium Seeds showing Eliasomes and Ants: Myrmecochory

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Elaiosomes are little fleshy projections on plant seeds that are irresistibly attractive to ants.  When ants discover such seeds, they seize them and carry them away to their nests, where presumably the elaiosomes are fed to the ant larvae.  The … Continue reading

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Ants and a New Look at Erythronium Part 1

Revised January, 2011.  Copyright 2011 Arthur G. Guppy An earlier version of Part 1 was published in the Summer 2007 issue of the Rock Garden Quarterly with photos of Erythronium japonicum, E. sibiricum (unmottled leaves), E. californicum with red nectar … Continue reading

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