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By David H. Benzing

ISBN-10: 0801450438

ISBN-13: 9780801450433

Often growing to be a ways above the floor, "air crops" (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 resembling rocks and buildings-and derive moisture and foodstuff from the ambience and by means of amassing falling particles. in basic terms the mistletoes are real 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 well known houseplants, together with quite a few aroids, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids, rank one of the such a lot widespread examples. In Air Plants, David H. Benzing takes a reader on a journey of the various taxonomic teams to which the epiphytes belong and explains in nontechnical language the anatomical and physiological diversifications that let those vegetation to preserve water, thrive with out the good thing about soil, and interact in strange relationships with animals similar to frogs and ants.

Benzing's complete account covers issues together with ecology, evolution, photosynthesis and water kinfolk, mineral foodstuff, copy, and the character of the woodland cover as habitat for the free-living and parasitic epiphytes. It additionally will pay distinct cognizance to special phenomena comparable to adaptive trade-offs and leaf economics. Drawing at the author's deep event with epiphytes and the most recent clinical examine, this publication is on the market to readers strange with technical botany; it incorporates a lavish representation application, references, a thesaurus, and tables.

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