1. [syn: air plant, epiphyte, aerophyte, epiphytic plant]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Air plant \Air" plant`\ (Bot.)
A plant deriving its sustenance from the air alone; an
Note: The "Florida moss" (Tillandsia, many tropical
orchids, and most mosses and lichens are air plants.
Those which are lodged upon trees, but not parasitic on
them, such as the Spanish moss Tillandsia
usneoides), are epiphytes.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and
rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on
it [syn: air plant, epiphyte, aerophyte, epiphytic