Epiphytes of the Tropics-Outline

This topic submitted by Ann Reynolds ( reynola1@miamioh.edu) at 10:36 AM on 3/13/03.

After 10 years of trying, Hays finally spots a "Red Eyed Tree Frog" in Costa Rica

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University


My paper and discussion will present fascinating information on these plants in the sky. Epiphytes are integral components of the tropical ecosystem, functioning in harmony with a variety of plant and animal species. They also serve as valuable indicators of disturbance.

I. What is an epiphyte?
A. Distinguishing features
B. Orchids
C. Bromeliads

II. Epiphytes and their friends
A. Mosquitos
B. Frogs
C. Ants

III. Epiphytes and ecology
A. Forest nutrients
B. Water
C. Pollination and seed dispersal

IV. Epiphytes and you
A. Forest conservation
B. Commercial value
C. Pollution
D. Epiphytes as indicators

Hietz, P. (1999,November). Diversity and conservation of epiphytes in a changing environment. Presented at the International Conference on Biodivesity and Bioresources: Conservation and Utilization, Phuket, Thailand.

Stancato, G.C., Mazzafera, P., Buckeridge, M.S. (2001). Effect of a drought period on the mobilisation of non-structural carbohydrates, photosynthetic efficiency and water status in an epiphytic orchid. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 39:11, p. 1009-1016

http://biology.bangor.ac.uk/treborth/Epiphytes

www.rbgkew.org.uk/ksheets/epiphytes.html


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