Characteristics of the tropical forest

Because of the lack of seasonal differences, due to the geographical location of the forests, and the high humidity level the vegetation is luxuriant here. The recurring features of rainforests are basically the following:

  • high animal and vegetal biodiversity
  • evergreen trees
  • dark and sparse undergrowth interspersed with clearings
  • scanty litter (organic matter settling on the ground)
  • presence of “strangler” creepers (e.g. Ficus spp.)
  • presence of “buttresses” (i.e. large winged ribs at the base of trunks) and spindly roots in trees living in often-flooded areas.

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    Rain forest flowers

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    Venezuelan forest

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    Forest in Cuba

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    Lemur

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    Rain forest flowers

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    Venezuelan forest

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