“Did you know… Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants, without harming the host.
That is, they are not parasites.
There are many groups / families of plants that have at least one member / species as an epiphyte.
There are more epiphytes in Monteverde per unit area than any other spot of the world.
All epiphytes make for 2/3 of the species of plants in Monteverde. Orchids is one family where most species are epiphytes. Just for Monteverde only, there are more than 400 species of orchids! Another big group on epiphytes is the Bromeliads, most of them are epiphytes but there is one exception, one Bromeliad that grow off the ground, that we use a lot: Pineapple. So the term Epiphyte does not describe a filogenetic group, it describes a plant “life style”. There are other “life styles” in plants, like aquatic, shade tolerant, parasites, etc.
Terra Viva Private Wildlife Reserve is a continuation of the neighboring Santa Elena Reserve and Monteverde Reserve, which protect the two ecological zones commonly called Cloud Forest: Tropical Lower Mountain Rain Forest and Tropical Premountain Rain Forest.
Monteverde is an area entirely protected by private hands, there is no National Park here. The largest pieces of forest have been already acquired by The Monteverde Conservation League and the Tropical Science Center, today this land is successfully managed as the famous Monteverde Reserve.