Aërides, Saccolabiums, and Vandas seem to be exceptions, as they represent the highest development of the epiphyte.
One is purely an epiphyte, growing attached to a tree like many of the orchids.
This epiphyte, too, is very different in structure from wheat-rust.
epiphyte, a plant growing on another plant, but not nourished by it, 36.
Here occurred the only epiphyte observed during the expedition.
The same difficulty may have existed in the case of the herbaceous Miadesmia, if, as Miss Benson conjectures, it was an epiphyte.
A plant that grows on another plant and depends on it for support but not food. Epiphytes get moisture and nutrients from the air or from small pools of water that collect on the host plant. Spanish moss and many orchids are epiphytes. Also called aerophyte, air plant.
epiphytic adjective (ěp'ə-fĭt'ĭk)