Any part of the plant above the ground can be invaded, although it is more common on the ears, the tassels and the nodes than it is on the leaves, the internodes and aerial roots
In its native Mexico, the vanilla orchid grows out of the ground even as its aerial roots
imbibe water and minerals from the tropical atmosphere.
Don't be tempted to cut off the roots growing outside the pot, as they are aerial roots
which absorb moisture from the air, keeping the plant healthy.
This relative of the mophead hydrangeas is a sprawler that can extend to 80ft and cling to its host through aerial roots
association between apogeotropic aerial roots
, mycorrhizas and
IF you've ivy creeping up your walls, clip out aerial roots
and hack it to bits in spring.
Climbing plants can grasp by twining, climbing, and catching with aerial roots
or thorns or by tendrils.
The plant has aerial roots
, which cause it to cling to neighboring trees for support and tower to a height that can top 30 feet.
Ivy's self-clinging aerial roots
are very short and just stick on, rather like Velcro.
So too was the villainous strangler fig with its network of aerial roots
wrapped around an innocent red carabeen.
All mangroves, including Rhizophora mangle, produce aerial roots
that function primarily in gas exchange (Scholander et al.
For example, exotics of the Ficus family, such as weeping figs and banyan trees, blew over because their aerial roots
had been removed.
The mangroves' specially-adapted aerial roots
and salt-filtering tap roots enable these trees to occupy the fluctuating intertidal zones where other plants cannot survive.
Most tropical orchids are epiphytic-that is, rather than growing in soil, they attach to trees or other support systems by means of aerial roots
The stems have fibrous aerial roots
that exude a sticky resin enabling the plant to climb.