Definition of Epiphytic plant
1. Noun. Plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it.
Generic synonyms: Flora, Plant, Plant Life
Specialized synonyms: Clusia Insignis, Waxflower, Black Moss, Long Moss, Old Man's Beard, Spanish Moss, Tillandsia Usneoides, Aeschynanthus, Hemiepiphyte, Semiepiphyte, Strangler, Strangler Tree
Derivative terms: Epiphytic
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Epiphytic Plant
Literary usage of Epiphytic plant
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1. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1901)
"The root of the soil, bog, wnter, or epiphytic plant has in each case peculiarities and modifications of structure, permitting it to do best the slightly ..."
2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and ...by Liberty Hyde Bailey by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"A slender epiphytic plant, much branched, clinging to the bark of trees by aerial roots, commonly in company with orchids: branches long, slender, ..."
3. Pharmaceutical Journal by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1853)
"It is the produce of Tillandsia usneoides (Broméliacées}, an epiphytic plant which hangs abundantly upon the Cypress trees on the banks of the Mississippi ..."
4. My Garden, Its Plan and Culture Together with a General Description of Its by Alfred Smee (1872)
"By this means a rapidly growing epiphytic plant encircles with its fatal embrace another plant, and pumps out by dialysis all its salts. ..."
5. An Introduction to Vegetable Physiology by Joseph Reynolds Green (1907)
"... as sunlight or shade, drought or moisture, exposure to or protection from cold winds, &c. epiphytic plant-; show some conspicuous modifications ..."
6. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"... usne- oides), not a true moss, but a flowering epiphytic plant of the same family as the pineapple, grows in abundance on trees along rivers and bayous ..."