1. epiphyte

noun. plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it.


  • aerophyte
  • long moss
  • epiphytic plant
  • Clusia insignis
  • Spanish moss
  • strangler
  • black moss
  • Tillandsia usneoides
  • strangler tree
  • air plant
  • hemiepiphyte
  • waxflower
  • plant
  • aeschynanthus
  • plant life
  • semiepiphyte
  • flora


  • ἐπιφύτον (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Sentences with epiphyte

1. Noun, singular or mass
Spanish moss is an epiphyte, a plant that gains its nutrients not from soil or from a host plant or tree, but directly from the air.

2. Adjective
In fact, the plant is an epiphyte** hailing from the shady, wet forests of southeastern Brazil.