By David H. Benzing
Often starting to be a long way above the floor, "air vegetation" (or epiphytes) defy lots 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 equivalent to rocks and buildings-and derive moisture and food from the ambience and through amassing falling particles. merely the mistletoes are actual 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 quite a few aroids, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids, rank one of the so much commonplace examples. In Air Plants, David H. Benzing takes a reader on a travel of the numerous taxonomic teams to which the epiphytes belong and explains in nontechnical language the anatomical and physiological diversifications that permit those crops to preserve water, thrive with no the advantage of soil, and interact in strange relationships with animals corresponding to frogs and ants.
Benzing's entire account covers themes together with ecology, evolution, photosynthesis and water kin, mineral food, copy, and the character of the wooded area cover as habitat for the free-living and parasitic epiphytes. It additionally will pay designated recognition to big phenomena resembling adaptive trade-offs and leaf economics. Drawing at the author's deep adventure with epiphytes and the newest clinical examine, this publication is offered to readers surprising with technical botany; it contains a lavish representation software, references, a word list, and tables.
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Air Plants: Epiphytes and Aerial Gardens by David H. Benzing