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Epiphyte   Listen

Plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it.  Synonyms: aerophyte, air plant, epiphytic plant.

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... (no, I have a firm conviction!) that they are parasitic in early youth on cryptogams! (359/6. In an article on British Epiphytal Orchids ("Gard. Chron." 1884, page 144) Malaxis paludosa is described by F.W. Burbidge as being a true epiphyte on the stems of Sphagnum. Stahl states that the difficulty of cultivating orchids largely depends on their dependence on a mycorhizal fungus,—though he does not apply his view to germination. See Pringsheim's "Jahrbucher," XXXIV., page 581. We are indebted to Sir Joseph Hooker for the ...
— More Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume I (of II) • Charles Darwin

Words linked to "Epiphyte" :   epiphytic, plant life, semiepiphyte, strangler, strangler tree, Clusia insignis, waxflower, black moss, plant, flora, old man's beard, long moss, Tillandsia usneoides, aeschynanthus, Spanish moss

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