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What is an epiphyte?

Epiphyte Definition– A plant that grows by attaching itself to another, larger “host” plant.

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Epiphytes grow by attaching themselves to a host plant for support. Unlike a parasite, which absorbs nutrients from its host, epiphytes do not take nutrients from their host, and merely use them for a physical support to sustain their growth. Some ferns are epiphytes, and can be grown on the branches of trees, or in hanging baskets.

what is an epiphyte

Last Updated: April 11, 2012
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