Re: Dumb-ants

Sat, 02 Apr 1994 00:21:28 -0700 (MST)

On Fri, 1 Apr 1994 10:49:46 -0800 Barry Meyers-Rice said:
>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, if you will recall your Burbidge reading assignment... :-)

Mr. Burbidge gives the account that seedlings of this plant require the
bite of an ant to survive. As we all know, the bite of small venomous
insects can impart superhuman powers, therefore, for PLANTS this bite
must be similar to an injection of high-octane superthrive!