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Re: secondary hemiepiphytes

Dear alan,

I have grown Monsteria to flowering and seeding, and
this may be only a partial answer to your question.
The plant, being so huge in its leaf structure needs
more light up in the canopy than on the dim jungle
floor, hence the need to abandon its earthy roots.
Hans E.A. Boos. Trinidad and Tobago

--- alan san juan <kalim@erols.com> wrote:
> I have two questions, maybe someone can help:
> Monstera deliciosa is probably the most famous
> example of plants that
> may start out as seedlings in the soil, before
> climbing up trees and
> (maybe) slowly dispensing with its connections to
> the earth.
> (1) I'm wondering whether anyone has any other
> examples of this in the
> aroid family.
> (2) Is there any evidence or explanation as to why
> any plant would elect
> to dispense with a ready supply of water by doing
> this? Is there some
> energy consideration involved (eg., too expensive to
> maintain
> connections to the ground)?
> Thanks for any answers.
> alan.

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