epiphyte

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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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Concerning this subject, several descriptions have been made mentioning epiphytism for Gracilaria, both for massive sea cultivations and in tanks (Oliveira et al.
We not only recorded widespread epiphytism on Avrainvillea longicaulis (Table 1), but consistently healthy growth for all 50 populations of the five dominant epiphyte species after attachment and intimate siphon contact [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 6 OMITTED], as well as for nine other minor epiphytic algae.
These findings are evidence that red algal epiphytism is very common in reef environments.
Epiphytism and terrestrialization in tropical Huperzia (Lycopodiaceae).
240 Epiphytism, a relationship in which the epiphyte does not harm the host but uses it only as a support, is an important phenomenon in tropical rainforests.
They compared the occurrence of crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) and epiphytism among bromeliads in a phylogenetic context.
Among adaptive strategies that favour epiphytism in those plants, which can operate in several combinations, are: low light saturation point; poikilohydry; frond trichomes; wind dispersal of spores; high tolerance for instability of substrate nutrients (Muller et al.
Bush and Beach (1995) suggested that epiphytism generally favors autogamy, as well as Madison (1979) who suggested that ant-garden dwelling epiphytes usually set self-seeds, which is probably true in some species of Aechmea (A.