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What's this mean? "Twig epiphytes"

This is a discussion on What's this mean? "Twig epiphytes" within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I've seen this term, "twig epiphytes" a couple of times in articles. Judging from the ...

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    Default What's this mean? "Twig epiphytes"

    I've seen this term, "twig epiphytes" a couple of times in articles. Judging from the context, my best guess is that they are small orchids that live on the fringes of tree canopy, ie, in the twigs.

    Am I anywhere close????

    What are some examples of twig epiphytes?

    Seeking enlightenment...

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    I've never seen the term - will be interesting to find out what it means.

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    I havent heard of it, it will be interesting to find out what it means

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    I have seen/heard that term used to describe a Tolumnia orchid before. I am not certain what it means, other than perhaps the growing nature of the orchid. Here is what I found when looking:

    According to the book: Understanding Orchids By William Cullina, he states on page 81, "Twig epiphytes often have swollen, water-storing leaves and nests of thin roots. They require bright light and lots of air movement coupled with adequate humidity to thrive. Plants with finer roots or those that lack fleshy leaves or pseudobulbs need a more water-retentive mount than do plants with thick roots and or water-storing leaves and stems.

    Some examples of twig epiphytes are the equitant Oncidiums, Trisetellas, some Stelis and Pleurothallis, Sigmatostalix, and Ornithocephalus."


    Hope this helps.

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    Very interesting, Bruce. I've never heard the term.

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    Thanks, Bruce. That fits with what I have seen...that because they live on the small outside branches of the canopy, they get a lot of air movement and light.
    I'm glad your source gave some examples too.
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    Nice to know and the explanation makes sense.

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