Epiphyte meaning

ĕp'ə-fīt'
A plant that grows on another plant but is not a parasite and produces its own food by photosynthesis, as certain orchids, mosses, and lichens; air plant.
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A plant, such as a tropical orchid or a staghorn fern, that grows on another plant upon which it depends for mechanical support but not for nutrients.
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A plant parasitic on the external surface of an animal body.
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A plant that grows on another plant and depends on it for support but not food. Epiphytes get moisture and nutrients from the air or from small pools of water that collect on the host plant. Spanish moss and many orchids are epiphytes.
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(botany) A plant that grows on another, using it for physical support but obtaining no nutrients from it and neither causing damage nor offering benefit; an air plant.
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Origin of epiphyte

  • From Ancient Greek ἐπιφύτον (epiphyton, “one [plant] that grows upon another plant”), from ἐπί (epi, “on top of”) + φυτόν (phyton, “plant”), via -phyte.
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