Definition of epiphytic in English:

epiphytic

adjective

Botany
  • See epiphyte

    • ‘The evolution of pollination strategies in epiphytic flowering plants have been strongly influenced by their habitat and spatial distribution.’
    • ‘Microstylis and its relatives, although often growing on the ground, have pseudobulbs (probably indicating epiphytic origins) and thus are really semi-terrestrial.’
    • ‘We conclude that leaf physiology has a greater impact on plant carbon gain than leaf and plant morphology in this epiphytic bromeliad.’
    • ‘Dyssochroma belongs in the tribe Juanulloeae, a group composed of six genera of poorly known, rarely collected epiphytic shrubs and small trees distributed over the Neotropics.’
    • ‘The lowest water permeabilities were observed with evergreen leaves from epiphytic or climbing plants naturally growing in a tropical climate.’

Pronunciation

epiphytic

/ɛpɪˈfɪtɪk/