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noun as in air plant

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Any fig that begins life as an epiphyte is called a banyan, technically part of the subgenus Urostigma, and includes the well-known strangler figs.

This unique beginning means stranglers literally start life as an epiphyte with adequate light, eventually sending down roots to absorb water and nutrients below.

Spicer points out, however, that a sharing of water and nutrients also occurs among other epiphytes.

“The epiphyte lifestyle certainly facilitates group living, and group living is where all social stories start,” says Brian Whyte, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Berkeley also not involved with this research.

But the drawing-room epiphyte is nothing if she is not young—which is synonymous with power to interest and amuse.

Aërides, Saccolabiums, and Vandas seem to be exceptions, as they represent the highest development of the epiphyte.

Here and there a splash of white or crimson marked the blooming of some trailing epiphyte.

This epiphyte, too, is very different in structure from wheat-rust.

One is purely an epiphyte, growing attached to a tree like many of the orchids.


On this page you'll find 3 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to epiphyte, such as: aerophyte, and epiphytic plant.

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