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By David H. Benzing

ISBN-10: 0801450438

ISBN-13: 9780801450433

Often transforming into 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, often woody plants-or to things resembling rocks and buildings-and derive moisture and food from the ambience and by way of amassing falling particles. in basic terms 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 quite a few aroids, bromeliads, ferns, and orchids, rank one of the so much well-known examples. In Air Plants, David H. Benzing takes a reader on a travel of the various taxonomic teams to which the epiphytes belong and explains in nontechnical language the anatomical and physiological variations 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 accomplished account covers issues together with ecology, evolution, photosynthesis and water kin, mineral nutrients, copy, and the character of the wooded area cover as habitat for the free-living and parasitic epiphytes. It additionally can pay precise consciousness to big phenomena reminiscent of adaptive trade-offs and leaf economics. Drawing at the author's deep event with epiphytes and the newest clinical examine, this e-book is on the market to readers unusual with technical botany; it incorporates a lavish representation software, references, a thesaurus, and tables.

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