The leaves of some trees protect from epiphytic freeloaders via sheddable waxy coating.
"Some trees do so [get rid of plants residing on the surface of their leaves] by regularly shedding the waxy coat to their leaves." (Attenborough 1995:168)
Learn more about this functional adaptation.
- Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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