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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Epiphyte biomass and nutrient status of a Colombian upper montane rain forest.
Aguirre A, Guevara R, Garcia M, Lopez JC (2010) Fate of epiphytes on phorophytes with different architectural characteristics along the perturbation gradient of Sabal mexicana forests in Veracruz, Mexico.
Spatial structure of vascular epiphytes in two High-Andean forest locations, Pamplona, Colombia
Experimental evaluation of amphipod grazing over biomass of Sargassum filipendula (Phaeophyta) and its dominant epiphyte.
Examination of the epiphytes under stereomicroscope allowed identifying the species as the filamentous brown alga Pylaiella littoralis, a common macrophyte species in the shallow coastal areas of the Baltic Sea.
Some epiphytes have evolved anatomical adaptations such as water-storing tanks, succulence, and water-absorbing leaf scales to absorb water and trap litter more efficiently (KALIMUTHU et al.
Six species, Stylonema alsidii, Colaconema hallandicum, Jania cubensis, Pneophyllum fragile, Neosiphonia gorgoniae and Polysiphonia pseudovillum, have been found exclusively as epiphytes on other algae.
For management purposes, harvesting by cutting from portions of the frond rather than uprooting/trawling of the entire kelp is more ecologically friendly as the epiphytes and holdfast fauna attached to the plants are not lost.
1984, Orth & van Montfrans 2002), we incorporated aboveground seagrass and epiphyte biomass in our analyses.