Myrmelachista - Alex Wild Photography
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The swellings at the leaf bases of this Tococa bush are domatia. They house ants (in this case, Myrmelachista) that in turn protect the plant from herbivores and competing plant species.

Jatun Sacha reserve, Napo, Ecuador

The swellings at the leaf bases of this Tococa bush are domatia. They house ants (in this case, Myrmelachista) that in turn protect the plant from herbivores and competing plant species. Jatun Sacha reserve, Napo, Ecuador

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