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Things Epiphytic...

V. Arnold's picture

...Epiphyte; A plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic, such as the numerous ferns, bromeliads, air plants, and orchids growing on tree trunks in tropical rain forests. Oxford Dictionaries

My favorite plants; they don't compete, but thrive in the mutual interest of their host/s. And we have all of the above; ferns, bromeliads, air plants, and orchids...
We could learn a lot from this relationship of differents/others; enjoy the pics..
Epiphytes have a symbiotic (Interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both [Oxford Dictionaries]).
Thus my collection of all things Epiphytic.

Terrestrial; Of a plant growing on land or in the soil; not aquatic or epiphytic. Oxford Dictionaries

Epiphytes are my absolute favorites and I'm in Epiphyte heaven here...

This orchid (Thai=kluay mai) is the strangest one we have. After shedding all of its leaves and looking quite dead; then this...

This is a wild orchid growing on one of our palms. I placed it on the palm and it's now firmly attached using it's air roots.

Hermits beard (Thai=Neuat lu si) is nourished through the air, all I do is water it during the dry season. It is also listed as Spanish moss, but can't confirm that.

This is also an air plant of the bromeliad (Thai=saparote si) family

Another air plant.

This beauty is our most spectacular bloomer. I thought it was a goner because a fellow we hired to trim back our mango tree, dropped a big limb right on it about 3 weeks ago.
As can be seen, it's just fine with 11 or 12 flower spikes in full bloom...

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nippersdad's picture
Submitted by nippersdad on

Beautiful! Do your bromeliads host frogs and other wildlife? I understand that they can be a whole 'nother ecological niche unto themselves in places.

V. Arnold's picture
Submitted by V. Arnold on

...because very few shops in our area carry the bromeliads. I've got 2 types (both terrestrial), which when they bloom, knock yer socks off...
No blooms from them for a while... :o(

quixote's picture
Submitted by quixote on

bit late to the party here, but in case you're interested or don't already know, that first orchid, the one with the bigger flowers, is a Dendrobium. The other one, I'm not sure. Both beauties!