air plant
noun Date: 1833 1. epiphyte 2. any of several kalanchoes (especially Kalanchoe pinnata)

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  • 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 — 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) …   Useful english 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 epiphyte …   Wiktionary

  • Air Plant — Bryophyllum (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

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