This information is also essential to explain processes such as gene flow and genetic structuring in epiphytic plant
populations (e.g., Cascante-Marin, Oostermeijer, Wolf, & Fuchs, 2014).
Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides (L.) (Poales: Bromeliaceae), is an epiphytic plant
that ranges from the coastal plain of the southeastern USA extending through Central America south to Argentina and Chile (Garth 1964).
Genetic variation in a tropical tree species influences the associated epiphytic plant
and invertebrate communities in a complex forest ecosystem.
Evolutionarily, these observations point to a prevalence of diffuse selection acting upon the outcomes of stochastic dispersal events and as shaped by pre-existing species mutualisms (Azteca-Cordia, in this case) and by pre-existing morphological adaptations and growth responses of the two epiphytic plant
species permitted by the ants to remain on the Cordia.
The epiphytic plant
uses them as ropes to secure itself and to keep its balance in spite of bumps and gusts of wind".
Last year I followed up on some advice given to our local epiphytic plant
society by a chap who spent 30 years in charge of the very successful sub-tropical Fernery at the 52 hectare Pukekura Park in New Plymouth (NZ).
The top place was won by the Istiqlal Secondary School for Girls for its project on the multiple use of lubricants for cars, while the Omaima Bint Al-Nu'man Secondary Girls School won second place for its research on Epiphytic plants
. The Al Hidd Secondary School for Girls came in third place with its project on producing bioethanol from paper waste.
Spineless epiphytic plants
are unlike other cacti found in semi-arid places, as they have adapted to grow among leaf litter on branches of trees in tropical forests.
For a second time this year, scientists from Marie Selby Botanical Gardens collaborated with colleagues from Caves Branch Botanical Gardens (CBBG) as well as the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute to conduct a country-wide inventory of epiphytic plants