Re: Dumb-ants

Bob Beer (
Fri, 1 Apr 1994 11:56:47 -0800 (PST)

Heh heh heh...

Notice the date please. :) (Oh, this made my day!!!!)

On Fri, 1 Apr 1994, Barry Meyers-Rice wrote:

> >New this Spring from.......
> >ANT TREE - Myrmecodium, with ant colonies. An unusual plant with a
> >swollen stubby trunk from which the flowers and fruit come directly.
> >Your friends will want to take a closer look, but imagine their surprise
> >when they find themselves covered with vicious stining ants! Good
> >conversation starter. The tree is not difficult to grow and propagate,
> >but we must ask a higher price because the queen ants are so difficult to
> >smuggle past the border agents.
> ******************************
> Wow. Not only is it a dumb thing to import species of insects like that, but
> it's double dumb to advertise! I'm familiar with this plant (it's a favorite
> plant for botany texts)---does it need ants? I thought they just repelled
> intruders like on various species of acacia. Or do they forage for nutrients?
> Barry