[Plant-education] Re: Airplant : Fascinating plants that grow in AIR !!!

David R. Hershey dh321 at excite.com
Thu Jun 1 10:36:28 EST 2006


A google.com search for "air plant" will turn up many commercial sites.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22air+plant%22&btnG=Google+Search

Air plant is often used as a synonymn for epiphyte, a plant that grows
on other plants rather than in soil. Air plant also is used more
specifically for the many Tillandsia spp. epiphytes and the famous
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides). Tillandsias are in the Bromeliad
family. Tillandsia plants are often glued to seashells, rocks, branches
or ceramic doodads and sold as novelties. I have often seen them sold
this way in department stores, garden centers or florist shops. Other
epiphytes include staghorn ferns, many orchids, mosses, some cacti and
strangler figs. There are many epiphyte websites. The name may be
misleading because epiphytes do require some water.

Air plant is also applied to the excised leaves of Kalanchoe spp.
Leaves of K. daigremontiana (devil's backbone or mother-of-thousands)
and several other species produce adventitious plantlets. An excised
leaf of K. daigremontiana or related species will survive for a few
weeks in air and produce foliar plantlets. K. pinnata has the common
name of curtain plant because its leaves were once sold as a novelty to
be pinned to a curtain. The Kalanchoe spp. that produce foliar
plantlets are sometimes placed in the genus Bryophyllum. Devil's
backbone is an excellent model plant for teaching especially for
experiments on asexual propagation, photoperiodism and CAM
photosynthesis.

Bryopyllum.com has an exchange section where you may be able to obtain
plantlets.

David R. Hershey
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/hershey/bio.htm



More information about the Plant-ed mailing list