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A plant adapted to a mutualistic association with ants, as by having specialized cavities that shelter ant colonies.
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Noun1.myrmecophyte - plant that affords shelter or food to ants that live in symbiotic relations with it
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
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Most Cecropia plants are myrmecophytes protected by mutualistic Azteca ants (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae).
Only two fern genera have been reported to include myrmecophytes, meaning that they develop myrmecodomatia.
Extrafloral nectaries in the genus Macaranga (Euphorbiaceae) in Malaysia: comparative studies of their possible significance as predispositions for myrmecophytes. Biol.
Myrmecophytes, also knows as ant-plants, have hollow stems or roots that occur as a normal part of their development.