What is the plant
Dischidia are epiphytic rainforest plants native to Southeast Asia and can be grown as a houseplant anywhere. These plants are also called ant plants because of a unique symbiotic relationship with ants.
It isn’t correct to call Dischidia a carnivorous plant, but in a sense they do attract ants and eat the dead ones – lending to its commonly referenced name of ant plant. Ants live inside the strange balloon-like organs produced by the plant. They bring in nutrients and fend off predatory insects. In return, the plant provides a secure home. This is a fun and unique plant to grow in your home (without the ants). Dischidia plant care is easy provided you follow a few cultivation rules. Dischidia plants belong in the milkweed family. Broken stems ooze milky latex sap and the plant often grows aerial roots.
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