Ferns, epiphytes, agricultural parasites? Sorry, I am not a plant person, so I don’t technically know what these beautiful green things surrounding the trunks of some century old acacia trees are. But they were stunning. They didn’t seem to thrive on all trees, but when they took a liking to a particular host, it could blanket the trunk from just above ground level to some 70+ feet in the air!
They appear to start of their lives or plant babyhood equivalent as creeping oval disks. I don’t think these need soil, as the vines or creepers didn’t seem to be rooted in the ground. Then as they cover every square inch of the trunk they start to “hang out” or off the trunk, presumably reaching for the sun or moisture or nutrients in the air…
I haven’t seen these much in Manila, though I did spot examples in Tagaytay recently… so I am guessing it needs clean air and a peaceful vibe to thrive.
It doesn’t seem like you can plant them either as they seem to grow only on trees that meet their particular requirements.
They seem to have these long “seed pods” but since I think they are more fern like in nature, spore pods more likely… and I suspect on a windy day they spread their spores and hope they catch on a neighboring tree where they can live and chismis for a few decades or so… :)
P.S. I know a few of my regular readers are botanists/plant enthusiasts, so please give us more accurate information if my flip description of these green beings is driving you nuts. Thanks.