Thursday, February 19, 2015

The leaf litter plant

Just like tank forming Bromeliads of the New World and Bird Nest ferns (Asplenium) in our back yard, the leaf-litter plant or (Agrostistachys borneensis) traps fallen leaves and debris at its rosette crown and absorbs the nutrients after their decomposition.

This is a common and rather untidy small tree from the forests of SE Asia. It is a member of the Euphorbia family.


Claude said...

Sometimes i think that the "weeds" in an area are more interesting than the other plants. I find this one fascinating... quite a survival strategy its developed.

Hort Log said...

Yes its rather unusual - this strategy is rather common in the rainforest epiphytes but no so in terrestrial.

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