air plant

noun
plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
Syn: ↑epiphyte, ↑aerophyte, ↑epiphytic plant
Derivationally related forms: ↑epiphytic (for: ↑epiphyte)
Hypernyms: ↑plant, ↑flora, ↑plant life
Hyponyms:

* * *

noun
2. : any of several plants of the genus Kalanchoe (especially K. pinnata) that propagate new plants from the leaves — called also life plant

* * *

1. an epiphyte.
2. Also called life plant. a tropical plant, Kalanchoe pinnata, of the stonecrop family, having pale green flowers tinged with red and new plants sprouting at the leaf notches.
[1835-45, Amer.]

* * *

air plant,
a plant not connected with the ground and seeming to live on air; epiphyte: »

Many orchids are air plants.

* * *

n. a typically epiphytic, sometimes rootless, tropical American plant with grasslike or fingerlike leaves through which water and airborne or waterborne nutrients are absorbed. Genus Tillandsia, family Bromeliaceae: several species, including Spanish moss

* * *

ˈair plant 7 [air plant] noun
an American plant whose leaves take in water and food from the water or air around it, rather than having roots in the soil

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Air plant — (Bot.) A plant deriving its sustenance from the air alone; an a[ e]rophyte. [1913 Webster] Note: The Florida moss ({Tillandsia}, many tropical orchids, and most mosses and lichens are air plants. Those which are lodged upon trees, but not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • air-plant — airˈ plant noun (botany) A non parasitic plant growing on another, an epiphyte • • • Main Entry: ↑air …   Useful english dictionary

  • air plant — air′ plant n. 1) bot an epiphyte 2) pln a tropical plant, Kalanchoe pinnata, of the stonecrop family, having pale green flowers tinged with red and new plants sprouting at the leaf notches • Etymology: 1835–45, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • air plant — ☆ air plant n. an epiphyte …   English World dictionary

  • air plant — /ˈɛə plænt/ (say air plantt) noun an epiphytic plant, as a tillandsia …   Australian English dictionary

  • air plant — 1. an epiphyte. 2. Also called life plant. a tropical plant, Kalanchoe pinnata, of the stonecrop family, having pale green flowers tinged with red and new plants sprouting at the leaf notches. [1835 45, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • air plant — noun a tropical American plant that grows on trees as an epiphyte, with long, narrow leaves that absorb water and nutrients from the atmosphere. [Genus Tillandsia: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • air plant — noun Date: 1833 1. epiphyte 2. any of several kalanchoes (especially Kalanchoe pinnata) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • air plant — noun epiphyte …   Wiktionary

  • Air Plant — Bryophyllum (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.