Epiphytes

Epiphyte

            Epiphytes are sometimes called air plants. Epiphytes are plants that grow on the trunks and structures of trees in swamps, and forests all over the world. They absorb water by collecting rainwater in the cavities in the bases of their leaves.   Florida has the greatest number and variety of air plants because of our tropical climate. There are over 75 varieties of epiphytes in this state including orchids and bromeliads which are famous for their beauty and rarity. I wasn’t sure what species this epiphyte was and did not list any scientific genus or species name. They are very common though in swamps, sloughs and wetlands in Florida. I found it interesting to learn that these plants without any permanent root structure comprise 10% of all plants in world. All you need is water, sunlight and some nutrients. I photographed this air plant in the Six Mile Slough Preserve in Ft. Myers where they are a common sight. There is some good information about Epiphyte Plants at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens website. If you are ever in Sarasota, Florida, it’s worth a trip to go see the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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