Epiphytes - Super-plants

Sean Edwards mzfses at MAIL1.MCC.AC.UK
Tue Apr 3 15:30:10 CDT 2001

Of course epiphytes previously(?) already had a name:

Bacon, Francis (1561-1626). Sylva Sylvarum (1627; 1826 edition, Basil
Montagu), Century VI: Experiments in consort touching the rudiments
of plants, and of the excrescences of plants, or super-plants.

Bacon's classification of mosses etc. as "super-plants" may seem a
little grand to non-bryologists, but sadly he means only epiphytes
(or parasites or "excrescences").


Sean R. Edwards BSc PhD,
Keeper of Botany,
The Manchester Museum, Manchester University, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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