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Synonyms for lithophyte

plant that grows on rocks or stony soil and derives nourishment from the atmosphere

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Many of the larger, tougher leaf species are terrestrials and lithophytes often in bright light.
Considerable variation in life forms is known in the family, with approximately 30% of the species being terrestrial and the majority of the remainder growing as epiphytes or lithophytes (Gravendeel et ah, 2004).
Thus, most Oncidium species are epiphytes, although some are lithophytes or terrestrials.
His favorites are so-called "lithophytes": plants that can grow on rocks, branches and tree trunks without necessarily being rooted in soil.
Schlumbergera, as they are more correctly known, originated from the tropical rain forests of south-east Brazil, living as epiphytes in the branches of tree or as lithophytes on rocks.