By David H. Benzing
Often turning out to be some distance above the floor, "air vegetation" (or epiphytes) defy a lot of our universal perceptions approximately crops. the bulk use their roots just for attachment within the crowns of bigger, frequently woody plants-or to things similar to rocks and buildings-and derive moisture and foodstuff from the ambience and by means of accumulating falling particles. purely the mistletoes are precise parasites. Epiphytes will not be anomalies and there are nearly 28,000 species-about 10 percentage of the better or vascular plants-that develop this manner. Many renowned houseplants, together with a number of aroids, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids, rank one of the such a lot popular 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 crops to preserve water, thrive with no the good thing about soil, and have interaction in strange relationships with animals comparable to frogs and ants.
Benzing's finished account covers issues together with ecology, evolution, photosynthesis and water relatives, mineral food, copy, and the character of the woodland cover as habitat for the free-living and parasitic epiphytes. It additionally will pay specific cognizance to big phenomena akin to adaptive trade-offs and leaf economics. Drawing at the author's deep adventure with epiphytes and the most recent clinical examine, this publication is available to readers strange with technical botany; it includes a lavish representation software, references, a word list, and tables.
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Air Plants: Epiphytes and Aerial Gardens by David H. Benzing