In epiphytic plants
, autogamy has been interpreted as a mechanism to compensate for their apparent reduced capacity to attract pollinators due to their low floral display and highly aggregated spatial distribution in the forest canopy (Bush & Beach, 1995).
Unraveling the phylogeny of polygrammoid ferns (Polypodiaceae & Grammitidaceae): exploring aspects of the diversification of epiphytic plants
. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31: 1041-1063.
Markson, 2005.Exploitation of phanerogamic parasites and Epiphytic plants
for their medicinal value.
These cells store water, preventing desiccation to which epiphytic plants
can be prone .
This Neotropical-endemic family is characterized by terrestrial, epiphytic plants
, small-sized with simple leaves arranged in a rosette (BENZING, 2000; LEME; MARIGO, 1994).
A still more enigmatic old-growth forest habitat -- reiterative branches with epiphytic plants
-- is also absent in the grove.
Now the high range with clouded tops had become a series of low hills, and the vegetation had changed completely, since the area was dry; the tall luxuriant trees covered with bromeliads and other epiphytic plants
had vanished, and were substituted by an uniform bushy and spiny vegetation about 3-4 m high, spattered by frequent cacti, and where a different kind of bromeliads existed.
They are epiphytic plants
, which means that their leaves take in the water and nutrients they need to live.
The trail offers canoeists an opportunity to explore a hidden mangrove tunnel and its intriguing epiphytic plants
, those that live on top of other plants.
MISTY FORESTS clinging to higher reaches of coastal mountain ranges support innumerable epiphytic plants
, such as those perched among the ruby blooms of an erythrina tree (above), a kind of legume.