noun. plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it.
- long moss
- epiphytic plant
- Clusia insignis
- Spanish moss
- black moss
- Tillandsia usneoides
- strangler tree
- air plant
- plant life
- ἐπιφύτον (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word 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.
In fact, the plant is an epiphyte** hailing from the shady, wet forests of southeastern Brazil.