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Tuesday, June 29 2021

Air Plant

Tillandsia (Air Plants) are epiphytes, meaning that they attach to other plants or rocky substrates as a means of support. Their roots are used solely for attachment rather than absorbing nutrients or water via roots, air plants rely on the moisture in the atmosphere to grow and thrive. This particular photo shows a rather large one that grows in a tree next to my driveway.

Thursday, June 24 2021

Strangler Fig

The Strangler Fig is considered a "keystone" tree and necessary in the tropical hardwood ecosystem. It begins its life as an epiphyte or "air plant" on the crown of a tree. It grows downward seeking a dependable source for root uptake of nutrients at ground level and develops its own underground root system that eventually completely entwines its roots and trunk around a host tree. The fig's crown grows foliage which soon overshadows the tree. Eventually, the host tree is "strangled" and dies, leaving the fig with a hollow trunk where the host used to be. The fig then takes advantage of the nutrients produced by the rotting host. The hollow trunk, with an abundance of nooks and crannies, provides home to thousands of invertebrates, rodents, bats, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

Wednesday, June 2 2021

Spanish Moss

Spanish moss isn't from Spain and isn't moss, it's a bromeliad, an epiphytic flowering plant.

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