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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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Extrafloral nectaries in the genus Macaranga (Euphorbiaceae) in Malaysia: comparative studies of their possible significance as predispositions for myrmecophytes.
Myrmecophytes, also knows as ant-plants, have hollow stems or roots that occur as a normal part of their development.
Heath forests are characterized by uniform, fairly small statured trees (average up to 20-25 meters), an open canopy, large numbers of myrmecophytes, and usually occur on very poor, leached sandy soils.