By David H. Benzing

ISBN-10: 0801450438

ISBN-13: 9780801450433

Often starting to be a long way above the floor, "air crops" (or epiphytes) defy a lot of our universal perceptions approximately vegetation. the bulk use their roots just for attachment within the crowns of bigger, often woody plants-or to things resembling rocks and buildings-and derive moisture and food from the ambience and through amassing falling particles. merely the mistletoes are real parasites. Epiphytes aren't 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 numerous taxonomic teams to which the epiphytes belong and explains in nontechnical language the anatomical and physiological diversifications that permit those vegetation to preserve water, thrive with no the advantage of soil, and have interaction in strange relationships with animals resembling frogs and ants.

Benzing's finished account covers issues together with ecology, evolution, photosynthesis and water family members, mineral nutrients, replica, and the character of the wooded area cover as habitat for the free-living and parasitic epiphytes. It additionally can pay distinctive realization to big phenomena corresponding to adaptive trade-offs and leaf economics. Drawing at the author's deep adventure with epiphytes and the newest clinical examine, this e-book is out there to readers unusual with technical botany; it encompasses a lavish representation software, references, a word list, and tables.

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