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.

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Roskoski, "Epiphyll dynamics of a tropical understory," Oikos, vol.
Kursar, "Causes and consequences of epiphyll colonization," in Tropical Forest Plant Ecophysiology, S.
However, leaves of vascular plants are usually covered with epiphylls [5, 6] in humid understory of the tropical forests.
Biology of epiphyll feeding butterflies in a Nigerian cola forest (Lycaenidae: Lipteninae).
uxpanapensis seedlings and saplings with damage and epiphyll cover in several categories of severity in plot 1(P1, n= 70) and plot 2 (P2, n= 38), ReBAMB, 1997-1998 Severidad del dano 0% 1-25% (0 yemas danadas) (1) Parcelas P1 P2 P1 P2 Herbivoria 0 0 40.8 41.7 Hongos 6.1 4.1 70.4 50.0 Danos mecanicos 3.2 7.7 61.2 15.4 Epifilia 34.7 37.5 48.9 20.8 Severidad del dano 26-50% 51-75% 76-100% (2) (3) (4) Parcelas P1 P2 P1 P2 P1 P2 Herbivoria 42.8 45.0 11.2 8.3 5.1 4.2 Hongos 14.3 20.1 1.1 4.2 0 12.5 Danos mecanicos 16.2 50.0 10.2 15.4 4.1 11.5 Epifilia 13.8 12.6 3.1 20.1 0 0
Observations on leaf color, epiphyll cover, and damage on Malayan Iguanura wallichiana.
Luecking provided the species list from their manuscript on epiphyll bryophytes and M.
However, since the latter focused mostly on epiphylls, most of the bryophyte diversity remained unknown.
(2) Substrate types: b=bark, e=leaves (epiphylls), h=humus, Lb=living bark, r=rocks, rb= rotten bark, s=soil, x=unknown.
To detect a possible impact of resident ants foraging for spores on Piper ant-plant leaves, I estimated epiphyll density, phylloplane particle density, and measured disease incidence on leaves and inflorescences.
Epiphyll cover increased significantly with the age of the leaf between 5 and 49 wk ([r.sup.2] = 0.2, P = 0.0001), but ant foraging on Piper leaf surfaces did not reduce the density of epiphylls [least square mean for control [+ or -] 1 SE = 13.1 [+ or -] 2.0% cover vs.