What Are Phorophytes and How Are They Useful to Different Crops?

With what’s going on in Florida this week with Hurricane Ian I believed concerning the individuals that it’ll have an effect on. I can’t think about what they’re going via and my prayers are with them. I then considered our South Carolina go to in 1993 after Hurricane Andrew. It was bizarre to see the Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) was gone from the bushes. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota is considered one of my favourite gardens and is within the path of Ian. Have you learnt what phorophytes are and the way they’re useful to different vegetation? I positive didn’t however now I do. 


So a phorophyte is a plant an epiphyte lives on. The epiphyte doesn’t take something from the phorophyte however is utilizing it as a spot to stay and cling to. “Phoro” interprets to bearer or provider and “phyte” means plant, so it’s carrying the plant. I like that! These orchids beneath have been on the Key West Backyard Membership within the Florida Keys.


Whereas visiting the Florida Everglades, we observed many individuals stopping to have a look at what I believed have been these vegetation and birds. I used to be amazed at what number of bromeliads there have been clinging to those bushes or phorophytes. I jumped out with my digicam and adopted the crowds to see the birds and bromeliads. 

I noticed this lovely heron and ran to snap some photos. Then I seemed down…..


I noticed this hen….

And noticed this large alligator, which was considered one of many floating round ready for considered one of us vacationers to fall in.


They noticed this large alligator, which was considered one of many

Go searching

When you find yourself within the southern Untied States, take a look at the bushes and shrubs and you can see epiphytes all over the place. Thse tillandsias beneath are rising on useless sticks, palm trunks and a stem of a plant. Their seeds land and so they start to develop.


Even ferns reap the benefits of the phorphytes they discover to develop on. This hen nest fern (Asplenium) resides its greatest life on a tree, contained in the basal fronds of a staghorn fern. Or the staghorn fern resides on the roots of the fern…..? Both manner, they’re lving collectively on a tree within the Marie Selby Botanical Backyard. The underside staghorn ferns are additionally clinging to the tree or phorophyte they’ve chosen to stay on.

Orchid and Tillandsia

This orchid was noticed rising on a tree in a personal backyard with the little tillandsia nestled into its roots. 


Thepalm tree trunk can hardly be seen beneath this epiphyllum or orchid cactus rising up it. Although it appears to be like as whether it is  harming the palm, it’s not. It isn’t a parasite just like the mistletoe I wrote about right here.








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