Significant phorophyte (substrate) bias is not explained by fitness benefits in three epiphytic orchid species.

@article{Gowland2011SignificantP,
  title={Significant phorophyte (substrate) bias is not explained by fitness benefits in three epiphytic orchid species.},
  author={Kelli M Gowland and Jeff Wood and Mark A. Clements and Adrienne B Nicotra},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2011},
  volume={98 2},
  pages={197-206}
}
PREMISE Epiphytes rely on their phorophyte (host substrate) for support; epiphytic orchids also rely on mycorrhizal fungi for germination. Previous studies have proposed a degree of specificity in both interactions. Epiphytic orchids therefore provide an interesting system in which to examine multispecies interactions and the evolution of specialization. METHODS We examined the potential and actual distributions of three co-occurring, related epiphytic orchid species: Sarcochilus hillii… CONTINUE READING