Hemiepiphytic growth

October 1, 2012

Hemiepiphytic growth

As seedlings, some species of Ficus grow on other plants high in the canopy (an hemiepiphytic growth habit). Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow Guangyou Hao and colleagues tested the hypothesis that hemiepiphytic growth is an adaptation for shade avoidance, but determined that it is instead a method to avoid risks associated with terrestrial growth while they are small. Results are published in Physiologia Plantarum. abstract »