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Plants that grow in the manner described above are described as epiphytic. They include some orchids and many bomeliads.
In the structure of an orchid, it's the forward-jutting extension of the base of the column.
The lip-like lower petal of an orchid flower, which is distinct from the others both in form and patterning. Serves as a platform for pollinating insects.
A plant bearing only one cotyledon or seed leaf. Includes all grasses, lilies, bromeliads, orchids, palms, etc. See Cotyledon.
A bulb-like swelling that occurs at the base of epiphytic plants, such as orchids, where nutrients and water are stored. It's not a true bulb.