New Zealand Epiphytes

 Asplenium bulbiferum. Photo: Tony Foster.

Epiphytic vascular plants are a conspicuous component of New Zealand ecosystems. It is unlikely you could go for a walk in New Zealand without seeing one or more of them. Epiphytes have the advantage of greater light but are disadvantaged in that they are prone to dessication and often have a limited supply of soil in which to grow. Epiphytes have therefore evolved modifications that enable them to store water and to reduce its loss by evaporation. 

108 native vascular epiphytic plants are identified here and are split into four groups (following Oliver 1930):

A full list of the 108 native vascular plants that have been recorded as epiphytic in New Zealand is provided here:

For more information about epiphytes see:

This page last updated on 29 May 2014