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What is the source of water for an epiphytic orchid?
Last Updated: 17th March, 2020
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In this regard, what are epiphytic orchids?
Epiphytes, also called "air plants", are plants that grow on top of other plants, such as on tree bark. Epiphytic orchids appreciate getting a lot of air to their roots! They don't want to sit in water, or be buried in dirt. See the orchid potting mix page to learn more about what to pot orchids in.
Subsequently, question is, where are epiphytes found? Epiphytes are usually found in the temperate zone (e.g., many mosses, liverworts, lichens, and algae) or in the tropics (e.g., many ferns, cacti, orchids, and bromeliads). Epiphyte species make good houseplants due to their minimal water and soil requirements.
Moreover, where do epiphytes get their water and nutrients?
Epiphytes obtain water from rain and water vapour in the air; most absorb water with their roots, though many have specialized leaves that also take in moisture. While some minerals are obtained directly from rain, nutrients are generally absorbed from the debris that collects on the supporting plants.
Are orchids epiphytic?
Epiphytes are plants that grow anchored to other plants. They are non-parasitic and absorb their water and nutrients from the rain, air, and other debris that collects nearby. Epiphytes make up approximately 10% of all plant species and are common among bromeliads, ferns, orchids, and many more plant groups.