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Re: FW: "accidental epiphyte"

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: FW: "accidental epiphyte"
  • From: StellrJ@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 21:23:40 -0500 (CDT)

In a message dated Sat, 17 Jun 2000 11:38:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Jody
Haynes <webmaster@plantapalm.com> writes:

<< Mark,
I have not personally witnessed any such "accidental epiphytic" aroid, but I
can refer you to a photo of such a cycad:
<http://www.plantapalm.com/vce/species/dioon_spinulosum.htm>. If this can
occur with the New World's largest cycad, I see no reason why this wouldn't
also happen with aroids.

I, too, would like to know if there is a term for this phenomenon.  In
Washington State, I have seen seedling English holly sprouted in the forks
of bigleaf maples in a certain town I know, and on Cumberland Island,
Georgia, I know where to find seedling saw palmettos perched high in
live-oak trees.

Jason Hernandez
Jody Haynes
Corresponding Secretary, Editor & Webmaster
Palm & Cycad Societies of Florida (PACSOF)
  Virtual Palm & Cycad Encyclopedias
  Website: <http://www.plantapalm.com>
Seedbank Facilitator, Webmaster & List Owner
Azafady Madagascar Seedbank
  Website: <http://www.azafady.org>
  E-mail List: <madagascarseed@egroups.com>

> ----------
> From: "Dr. Mark W. Moffett" <moffett@uclink4.berkeley.edu>
> Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 16:06:00 -0700
> To: hyndman@aroid.org
> Subject: "accidental epiphyte"
> I am finishing an invited paper for the journal BIOTROPICA on the
> terminology of canopy biology. I am wondering whether there is such a
> thing as a vine (or similarly a 2ndary hemiepiphyte) that can be an
> "accidental epiphyte" by sprouting sometimes in the canopy say in the
> soil of a branch crotch, rather than on the ground. In flooded or
> innundated forests this might even be common, I should think.
> I'm hopeful you can send this question out to the aroid community in
> case anyone has seen examples.  This would be a new and interesting type
> of behavior.
> I'll send the same e-mail to Don Burns in case you are not around.
> Would love any thoughts on this.
> best,
> mark
> Mark W. Moffett
> respond to: moffett@uclink4.berkeley.edu
> University of California at Berkeley, Integrative Biology


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