from The Century Dictionary.
- Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an epiphyte; epiphytic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Bot.) Pertaining to an epiphyte.
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- adjective botany Pertaining to an
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The beach was overhung with the drooping branches of lame trees, loaded with Orchideae, ferns, and other epiphytal plants.
It was not the trees and lianas only that were beautiful in these sunny openings, but the ferns, mosses, orchids, and selaginellas, with the crimson-tipped dracaena, and the crimson-veined caladium, and the great red nepenthe with purple blotches on its nearly diaphanous pitchers, and another pitcher-plant of an epiphytal habit, with pea-green pitchers scrambling to a great height over the branches of the smaller trees.
Grammatophyllum — a gigantic epiphytal orchid, whose clusters of leaves and flower-stems are ten or twelve feet long — is peculiar to it.
As far as I am aware, but four or five epiphytal orchids add to the scents of the island; and as they have not Christian names, their pagan titles must suffice — CYMBIDIUM SUAVE, ERIA
POLYPODIUM; also some beautiful epiphytal ORCHIDEAE; one beautiful specimen of DENDROBIUM, (rock lily,) with the habit of D.
A little to the northward of our camp were very high and almost perpendicular rocks, composed mostly of micaceous schist, covered with various epiphytal ORCHIDES and ferns.
Plantations of coffee, cinchona, and tapioca girdle the lower slopes of the mountain, hedges and thickets of red and purple coleas bordering the primeval jungle of orchid-decked trees on the higher levels, the moss-grown boughs wreathed with epiphytal plants, the trunks covered with branching ferns, and the thick ropes of matted lianas strangling the dense forest in their green embrace.
Dr. Beccari mentions an epiphytal plant growing on trees in Borneo, the seeds of which germinate, like those of the mistletoe, on the branches of the tree; and the seedling stem, crowned by the cotyledons, grows to about an inch in length, remaining in that condition until a certain species of ant bites a hole in the stem, which then produces a gall-like growth that ultimately constitutes the home of the ants.
They are small and thin, commonly growing on the outside of another plant (epiphytal) on the ground, on putrid leaves, or on roots of grasses.
The columnar trunks of the majestic kanaris wreathe their huge girth with lace-like fern and broad-leaved epiphytal plants, and the symmetrical beauty of the conical nutmeg-trees in these forest aisles suggests a vast sanctuary of Nature, enshrining the mystic presence of