In The Field

The impoverishment of isolated trees

In work both simple and poetically sad, Florian Werner shows how trees left behind in clearings, separated from the mass of the forest, lose their epiphytes—those plants that live on them, including ferns, orchids, and bromeliads. Werner discovered that the harsh micro-climate of an isolated tree kills off epiphytes, especially those that love moisture, while the distance from the forest reduces new seedlings and that same harsh micro-climate kills off many of the seedlings that manage to germinate. 

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