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Thread: Which utrics are epiphytes?

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    i am curious as to what species are epiphytic in nature. im growing U. nephrophylla, U. asplundii, and U. reniformis as what would consider epiphytes. a layer of LFS over a layer of quick draining medium(orchid bark and perlite). basically simulates a layer of moss growing on a tree branch i think. anyways i keep the moss barly damp most of the time with occational short really wet spells and short dry spells. any other species that would grow this way? the nephrophylla and asplundii really seem to like it. the reniformis hasnt shown marked improvement i potted it like this but it hasnt went down hill really either and it hasnt been that long since being potted up.
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    Dont forget U. alpina! I love this utric's leaves! (leaves are the best part of utrics. duh!)

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    but they are not leaves they are photosynthetic stolons. Utrics do not have true leaves. i didnt forget alpina i just dont have it, so i didnt comment on it.
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    leaves, photosynthetic stolons
    potato, potato -(hmm...does not work if you write it)
    same difference

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    actually there is another question what exactly is the difference between a photosynthetic stolon and a leaf?
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    ok, the definition of "stolon" is a runner like what a strawberry produces its lil plantlets on(im assuming a spider plant is also producing stolons) or runners under ground such as what grass or Darlingtonia does. so photosynthetic stolon balically means? what? a runner that is able to use light to make energy for the plant? so the entire Utric plant is a runner? im more confused now then when i started.
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    Are the roots of some orchids technically roots since they are capable of light absorbtion?

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    good question Joe. there are several Orchids which have no leaves period. i found this old thread on here about Utric "stolons" and came with the basic conclution that the term "stolon" doesnt quite fit Utrics but its about as close as anything. so back to my original question. which species are epiphytic?

    Utric "stolon" discussion from about 1 year ago
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