These rocky walls allow the establishment of diverse plant species, including epiphytic plants
like the bromeliads.
In such conditions, typically terrestrial plants are often found as epiphytes, and, typically, epiphytic plants
are often terrestrials (Young & Leon, 1999).
I CAME home from the supermarket with one of these gorgeous epiphytic plants
this week - a complete impulse purchase.
grow in both well-lit and shady areas, and show great variation in leaf structure and function.
Already, work is under way to include tropical vines in the next version of Australian Tropical Rain Forest Trees and Shrubs, and plans are also being laid to include herbaceous, parasitic and epiphytic plants
. Perhaps someone might one day develop a similar key for other regions of Australia.
pittieri epiphytic plants
. For these analyses, the proportion of rainfall water ([P.sub.rain]) in epiphyte stem xylem was formulated as the ratio of the distance between cloud water [Delta]D ([Delta][D.sub.could]) and rainfall [Delta]D ([Delta][D.sub.rain]) and rainfall water [Delta]D and epiphyte stem water [Delta]D ([Delta][D.sub.epip]).
Such a setting also harbors an array of reptile, insect, and small mammal species, as well as numerous epiphytic plants
like orchids and bromeliads, which, in turn, provide places for animals and insects to live and feed.
Plants of this genus grow on the ground and have a simple structure and are annuals, differing from bromeliads, which comprise mainly perennial epiphytic plants
with a complex structure.
Even in humid rainforests, epiphytic plants
without direct contact with the soil are exposed to recurrent drought, and xerophytic features have been found and studied from many distinct taxonomic groups .
When the atmosphere is dry, its cells are completely air filled, but when it rains, and the air moisture is high, they fill with water, providing an efficient way of water absorption for epiphytic plants
(Dycus & Knudson 1957, Benzing et al.
The cool, moist climate favors the growth of mosses and lichens, together with other epiphytic plants
(orchids, ferns and bromeliads), climbing plants and many fungi (including some highly toxic mushrooms and molds).
The xeromorphic characteristics of epiphytic plants
are an adaptation to the environment where water is supplied in pulses (Benzing 1990).