Botanical name: Triplaris weigeltiana Family: Polygonaceae (Knotweed family)
Synonyms: Blochmannia weigeltiana, Triplaris surinamensis
Ant Tree is a tree growing up to 5 m tall or more. Leaves are nearly stalkless, 10-22 cm long, 4-6 cm wide, acute apically, wedge-shaped at the base, entire, longitudinally lined, and with numerous pairs of prominent lateral veins. Flower spikes are 6-10 cm long, bearing numerous ovate to ovate-lanceolate, hirtellous bracts, pistillate perianth accrescent and enclosing the fruit, three of the sepals much enlarged, 2.8-3.2 cm long, 4-5 mm wide, suffused red purple, showy. Achene are about 1 cm long (including the style), the styles red purple. Ant Tree is native to South America.
Identification credit: Jayesh Patil
The flower labeled Ant Tree is ...