We took a short break at Christmas and headed to Mexico to search for Epiphytes! Epiphytes are plants that grow suspended from trees. They take their nourishment directly from the air, rather than from the ground. Epiphytes choose other plants as hosts to physically support them. But, they are not parasitic plants.
Orchids and Bromeliads are epiphytes. I have long held a theory that these beautiful flowering plants are more evolved than other plants, and have been travelling Central America for the past 3 years to try to study them.
Located in Xcaret Mexico is a research facility dedicated to preserving the native orchids of Mexico. The goal is to raise orchid plants and release them to the wild. .........Read More