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On the surface

July 19, 2018 3:15 PM
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Paula Burch-Celentano pburch@tulane.edu
  

 

 

Resurrection fern and Spanish moss decorate the branches of a live oak tree in New Orleans’ City Park. Both plants are epiphytes, or “air plants,” which grow on the surface of a host plant and gather moisture and nutrients from the environment.