Air Plants: Epiphytes and Aerial Gardens by David H. Benzing

By David H. Benzing

Often becoming a ways above the floor, "air vegetation" (or epiphytes) defy a lot of our universal perceptions approximately vegetation. the bulk use their roots just for attachment within the crowns of bigger, frequently woody plants-or to things equivalent to rocks and buildings-and derive moisture and foodstuff from the ambience and through gathering falling particles. simply the mistletoes are precise parasites. Epiphytes usually are not anomalies and there are nearly 28,000 species-about 10 percentage of the better or vascular plants-that develop this fashion. Many renowned houseplants, together with various aroids, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids, rank one of the so much standard examples. In Air Plants, David H. Benzing takes a reader on a journey of the various taxonomic teams to which the epiphytes belong and explains in nontechnical language the anatomical and physiological diversifications that let those crops to preserve water, thrive with no the advantage of soil, and interact in strange relationships with animals similar to frogs and ants.

Benzing's entire account covers subject matters together with ecology, evolution, photosynthesis and water kinfolk, mineral food, replica, and the character of the woodland cover as habitat for the free-living and parasitic epiphytes. It additionally can pay exact consciousness to special phenomena reminiscent of adaptive trade-offs and leaf economics. Drawing at the author's deep adventure with epiphytes and the newest medical learn, this e-book is available to readers unusual with technical botany; it contains a lavish representation application, references, a word list, and tables.

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