Epiphyll

epiphyll

[′ep·ə‚fil]
(ecology)
A plant that grows on the surface of leaves.

Epiphyll

 

a plant that lives on the leaves of other plants, primarily evergreens (including conifers). Epiphylls are found mainly in humid tropical and subtropical regions; they occur on the leaves of conifers in temperate regions. They are represented mostly by aquatic plants, mosses, and lichens; flowering species are rare. Epiphylls sometimes do great damage to cultivated plants.

References in periodicals archive ?
Biology of epiphyll feeding butterflies in a Nigerian cola forest (Lycaenidae: Lipteninae).