Vascular Plants as Epiphytes

Evolution and Ecophysiology

  • Ulrich Lüttge

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 76)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. U. Lüttge
    Pages 1-14
  3. D. H. Benzing
    Pages 15-41
  4. M. Kluge, P. N. Avadhani, C. J. Goh
    Pages 87-108
  5. J. A. C. Smith
    Pages 109-138
  6. C. J. Goh, M. Kluge
    Pages 139-166
  7. D. H. Benzing
    Pages 167-199
  8. D. W. Davidson, W. W. Epstein
    Pages 200-233
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-270

About this book


In his lectures my teacher Karl Mägdefrau used to say that one only becomes a real plant scientist when one enters a tropical rainforest. For me this initiation occurred in 1969 in northern Queensland, Australia, and was associated with the greatest excitement. On another level it received confirmation when I set out in 1983 together with some friends and colleagues for the first detailed ecophysiological studies of epiphytes in the wet tropics in situ in the island of Trinidad and later for similar work in Venezuela. This then promoted the idea of organizing a special symposium on "The evolution and ecophysiology of vascular plants as epiphytes" during the XIV International Botanical Congress in luly 1987 in Berlin, and to ask some of the speakers to produce chapters for a small monograph on the interesting ecologically defined group of plants "epiphytes" as presented in this volume of "Ecological Studies". The enthusiasm of the participants of the symposium giving reports and adding to the discussion was most stimulating, and it appears that epiphytes might gain well-deserved, wider consideration in the future. The cooperation with the authors of this book was very pleasant and I appreciated the new contacts established with adepts of the "epiphyte community". The chapters were organized and arranged covering first more gen­ eral aspects with setting the scene in Chapter 1, the evolution of epi­ phytism in Chapter 2 and the role of CO -concentrating mechanisms in 2 Chapter 3.


adaptation biomass carbon ecophysiology evolution forest metabolism mineral nutrition nutrition physiology plant plants

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Lüttge
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für BotanikTH DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-74467-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-74465-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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