from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant that grows on another, using it as a physical support but neither obtaining nutrients from it nor causing it any damage if also offering no benefit; an air plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An air plant which grows on other plants, but does not derive its nourishment from them. See air plant.
- n. A vegetable parasite growing on the surface of the body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a plant which grows upon another plant, but which does not, like a parasite, derive its nourishment from it.
- n. In zoology, a fungus parasitic on the skin and its appendages or on mucous surfaces of man and other animals, causing disease; a dermatophyte.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
'epiphyte' (_i. e._, a plant growing on other plants,) "forms dense festoons among the branches of the trees, vegetating among the black mould that collects upon the bark of trees in hot damp countries; other species are inhabitants of deep and gloomy forests, and others form, with their spring leaves, an impenetrable herbage in the Pampas of Brazil."
A botanist scaled a tree trunk to a height of three meters, and scraped from the trunk a sample of the tiny epiphyte for genetic sequencing.
Tillandsia is an epiphyte, a plant that derives its nutrients not from where it is planted but from the air.
He uses terms like commensalism and epiphyte, and primary and secondary forest, and crepuscular; and our brains scramble to keep up.
This ecoregion is characterized by a lush, tall tropical evergreen forest of huge, buttressed canopy trees reaching 40 m in height and an extremely rich epiphyte flora.
Around 3,200 m sub-tropical give way to temperate species but humidity and epiphyte growth remain high.
A striking example of epiphyte accumulation at lower elevations is the Spanish "moss" that festoons the Evangeline oak, baldcypress, and other trees of the eastern Gulf coast.
It does seem that it is a ground orchid rather than an epiphyte, that will affect the potting medium.
These are not epiphyte roots these are roots that emerge from the trunk and branch of the host trees themselves.
Common epiphyte families found in Sumatra include Orchidaceae, Gesneriaceae, Melastomaceae, Asclepidiaceae, and Rubiaceae.