Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to epiphyte: bromeliad
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.
(Botany) a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic on it
epiphytic, ˌepiˈphytal, ˌepiˈphytical adj
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.
ep`i•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) ep`i•phyt′i•cal, adj.
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.
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.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||epiphyte - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it|
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