phorophyte

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek φορέω (phoréō, bear along) +‎ -phyte (plant)

Noun[edit]

phorophyte (plural phorophytes)

  1. (biology) Any plant on which an epiphyte grows
    • 2008, David H. Benzing, Vascular Epiphytes: General Biology and Related Biota, page 211:
      Samples were too small, however, to determine whether phorophyte frequency or biological compatibility was responsible for the observed plant combinations.

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