epiphyte


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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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References in classic literature ?
Here and there a splash of white or crimson marked the blooming of some trailing epiphyte. I let my eyes wander over this scene for a while, and then began to turn over in my mind again the strange peculiarities of Montgomery's man.
Epiphyte host preferences and host traits: mechanisms for species-specific interactions.
Campyloneurum decurrens is mostly terrestrial, rheophytic or rarely a low epiphyte. Rhizome width varies between (3-) 4-6 (-8) mm, and rhizome scales are slightly clathrate, with bi-auriculate bases.
Dendrobium pterocarpum is endemic to the high mountains of northern and eastern Mindanao, where it grows as an epiphyte among mosses, at elevations over 1,000 meters.
arrecta individuals were not rooted in the sediment, as usually occurs when it grows in the shores, but they were growing as an epiphyte over these natives macrophyte mats.
Diversity and structure of the arthropod fauna within three canopy epiphyte species in central Panama.
Samples of suspended soils with a total mass of about 100 g were collected with the fixation of the epiphyte and phorophyte plant species.
Conservation of vascular epiphyte diversity in Mexican coffee plantations.
Morphological changes accompanying the transition from juvenile (atmospheric) to adult (tank) forms in the Mexican epiphyte Tillandsia deppeana (Bromeliaceae).