|"Air Plants" (Epiphytes)|
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Epiphytes in Florida Commonly called "air plants" epiphytic plants include bromeliads, orchids, lichens, and some species of ferns and of cacti and succulents. Here is some important Florida epiphyte trivia:
A prominent native bromeliad of Florida is Spanish Moss which is seen draped over the branches of old liveoaks in the central and northern parts of the state, and in the Cypress trees of freshwater swamps. It is seen here with The Staghorn Fern: A Rarity Worth Growing (Article by Brian Baldwin, University of Saskatchewan, Canada).
above: Spanish Moss (native) and Staghorn Fern (not native); a pair of epiphytes frequently seen hanging together in Florida yards.
Not such a rarity
in South Florida, the Staghorn Fern is an epiphytic fern
of which many people in come to own quite a huge specimen,
frequently seen suspended from tree limbs on heavy chains.
In another book by R.L. Dressler, The Orchids: Natural History and Classification, he provides A Taxonomic Analysis of the Family Orchidaceae
More on Epiphytes
of Lick Creek Park
Council of Bromeliad Societies
(Literature Useful to the Study of Florida Plants)