Significant phorophyte (Substrate) bias is not explained by fitness benefits in three epiphytic orchid species
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,...[Show more]
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