I have not personally witnessed any such "accidental epiphytic" aroid, but I|
can refer you to a photo of such a cycad:
. 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
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> From: "Dr. Mark W. Moffett"
> Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 16:06:00 -0700
> To: firstname.lastname@example.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.
> Mark W. Moffett
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> University of California at Berkeley, Integrative Biology