plants

The Diversity of Rainforest Plants

The rainforest is a beautiful place filled with wondrous creatures and plants of the strangest variety. The unique climate in the rainforest itself makes for really diverse plant life and healthy plants. People seldom come here and those who live in the periphery of the rainforest respect it and do not abuse the life in it. Some of the plants here are very common plants which can be found anywhere in the world while others are unique to the rainforest.

Rainforest plants thrive in the warm and humid climate here and some have developed strange ways to survive in the rainforest. Some have thorns others have developed a strong smell that attracts insects for propagation while others can live without soil. The rainforest is divided into the ground level and the canopy. There are different varieties of rainforest plants which live exclusively in the ground level and others exclusively in the canopy.

The types of rainforest plants that can live without the need to attach themselves to soil are called epiphytes. These plants utilize their roots to soak up the moisture in the air and use this to sustain themselves. They live high near the canopy and rarely grow in the ground level. Bromeliads, some ferns and orchids are included in the epiphytes category of rainforest plants. Orchids have very attractive flowers in various colors to attract insects while bromeliads gather water in the center and these plants provide a home for tree frogs and other animals.

Other plants that grow in rainforests are trees that can reach so high and spread so wide that sometimes it is dark in the ground level. It is because of these big and widespread trees that the rainforest ground is mostly moist and damp. The moisture here can not evaporate as quickly due to the canopy covering the ground. Lianas or vines attach themselves to the trees and act as their support. Animals often use these to swing from tree to tree.

Other rainforest plants include fruit bearing plants and other food supplying plants which people and animals take advantage of. Some of the fruits trees or plants found in the rain forests are bananas, coconuts, nut trees, mangos, berries, pineapples and figs. These fruit plants and trees provide the animals and people who live near the rainforest with food. Other plants also provide people with medicinal remedies which pharmaceutical companies are still researching or are now producing.

Rainforest plants are often taken out of the rainforest and smuggled into other countries. Caution must be exercised with this practice because some plants are poisonous or may have insects which are dangerous to humans.


Related Items

rainforest plants
More than two thirds of the world's plant species are found in the tropical rainforests: plants that provide shelter and food for rainforest animals as well as taking ...Read more
PLANTS OF THE RAINFOREST - srl.caltech.edu
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi. Our surroundings are sometimes ...Read more
Ten Amazing Rainforest Plants : Ecorazzi
The Bambusa tulda can be found in the biome of the Southeast Asian rainforest. It often grows as an undergrowth ...Read more


Gardening Tip #5

Fire Blight, yet another culprit prefers to grow well during summer than any other season. This fungus prefers to attack Pyracantha, cotoneasters, crabapple trees, and Apple trees. The presence of Fire Blight can easily be visualized once the any one of the branches of the plant turns red and dies. This Fire Blight can be prevented little by pruning the affected branch and removing it from the main plant as far as possible.