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air plant

an epiphyte.
Also called life plant. a tropical plant, Kalanchoe pinnata, of the stonecrop family, having pale green flowers tinged with red and new plants sprouting at the leaf notches.
Origin of air plant
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It may begin life as an air plant, fixing its roots in the crotch of another tree, in which a chance seed has lodged.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • How should they guess that alongside her religious fervor a human love grew ethereally like an air plant?

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Prince Leopold has succeeded in bringing to perfection that extraordinary exotic, the air plant.

British Dictionary definitions for air plant

air plant

an epiphyte, esp an orchid of the large Old World tropical genus Aerides, grown for its white scented flowers spotted with red, purple, or rose, or a bromeliad, esp of the genus Tillandsia
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air plant in Science
air plant  
See epiphyte.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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