In black-and-white photos from Forest, 1996, tropical plants are festooned with shredded pages from books; one image of a bird's-nest fern shows reams of text intertwining with the plant's dangling aerial roots
After an overview of the Ficus genus, they discuss in turn fruits; leaves; latex; bark, wood, stems; roots, including aerial roots
and root bark; fig wasps; and figs and humans.
Selaginella bryopteris is characterized by the presence of a radial shoot without aerial roots
(rhizophores) and the presence of ligules in a shallow cavity at the leaf base indicates its retention of ancestral traits.
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
Many are variegated species like hedera helix buttercup which climbs by 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.
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.
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.