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epiphyte

/ep·i·phyte/ (ep´ĭ-fīt) an external plant parasite.epiphyt´ic

epiphyte

a plant such as some mosses and some orchids, that grows attached to another and uses it solely for purposes of support, doing it no harm, there being no parasitic association.
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In the aquarium the prawn continuously cleaned the surface of its carapace with chelipedes, but the activity did not result in a visible reduction of the amount of epiphytes.
01); epiphytes were less used, particularly in the subcanopy, and the air was the least used.
Vegetation damage caused by severe frosts in the winter of 1997-1998, combined with extreme drought in the following spring led to drying of the epiphyte load into suitable fuel load for the crown fires that had previously been unknown in such a wet habitat.
Anderson RJ, Rothman MD, Share A and H Drummond Harvesting of the kelp Ecklonia maxima in South Africa affects its three obligate, red algal epiphytes.
Epiphyllums, like orchids, are epiphytes, which means they live in trees.
Around this time, some ferns also developed the ability to live on trees, sometimes without soil, as epiphytes.
Schlumbergera, as they are more correctly known, originated from the tropical rain forests of south-east Brazil, living as epiphytes in the branches of tree or as lithophytes on rocks.
The natural urn shape which most bromeliads form is a direct result of evolving as epiphytes, high up in the forest canopy.
Above ground seagrass and epiphyte biomasses were determined by removing all epiphytes from at least 10 shoalgrass leaves with a razor blade.