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ep·i·phyte

 (ĕp′ə-fīt′)
n.
A plant, such as a tropical orchid or a staghorn fern, that grows on another plant upon which it depends for mechanical support but not for nutrients. Also called aerophyte, air plant.

ep′i·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk), ep′i·phyt′i·cal adj.
ep′i·phyt′i·cal·ly adv.

epiphyte

(ˈɛpɪˌfaɪt)
n
(Botany) a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic on it
epiphytic, ˌepiˈphytal, ˌepiˈphytical adj
ˌepiˈphytically adv

ep•i•phyte

(ˈɛp əˌfaɪt)

n.
a plant that grows above the ground, supported by the structure of another plant or object, and deriving its nutrients and water from rain, the air, dust, etc.; air plant.
[1840–50]
ep`i•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) ep`i•phyt′i•cal, adj.
ep`i•phyt′i•cal•ly, adv.

ep·i·phyte

(ĕp′ə-fīt′)
A plant that grows on another plant and depends on it for support but not food. Epiphytes get moisture and nutrients from the air or from small pools of water that collect on the host plant. Spanish moss and many orchids are epiphytes.

epiphyte

A plant which does not root in the soil, but grows on another plant without being parasitic. It draws moisture and nourishment from the atmosphere. Examples include many orchids, bromeliads and ferns.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epiphyte - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rainepiphyte - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
Clusia insignis, waxflower - epiphytic clusia of British Guiana
black moss, long moss, old man's beard, Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
aeschynanthus - a plant of the genus Aeschynanthus having somewhat red or orange flowers and seeds having distinctive hairs at base and apex
hemiepiphyte, semiepiphyte - a plant that is an epiphyte for part of its life
strangler, strangler tree - an epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree
Translations
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These fungal species also exists in other agricultural crops either endophytically or epiphytically.
There are even some species which will grow epiphytically, but usually on the base of the tree trunk, rather than on the higher branches.