The Tropical Rainforest

The rainforest contains thousands of different kinds of plants and flowers. Each plant has its own purpose in the rainforest. Many of the plants produce cures for diseases such as malaria. Not only do the plants provide cures for diseases, but they also provide agricultural importance. Plants such as corn, cassava (tapioca), coconuts, beans, cocoa, and bananas are the major crops that produce economic value.

The rainforests across the world have different kinds of vegetation. For example, the rainforests in Japan contain bamboo. While the rainforests in the Americas have banyan trees, cassava, and the whole palm tree family.

In the Americas there are many rainforests that are unprotected and are in danger of becoming extinct. The world's largest unprotected temperate rainforest is being cut-down along the remote mid-coast of Brititsh Columbia, Canada. A multimedia logging co. is destroying Clayoquot Sound, one of the largest remaining coastal temperate forests.

Life in the trees create a water problem, even when it rains a lot. The orchids often have succulent roots, and peperomias have succulent leaves. Bromlaids developed a new solution, they catch the water between their leaves. Even though the rainforests seem to be beautiful and lucious, they are also dangerous and it's a place of survival. Many of the plants have learned to adapt to the abundant amounts of rainfall that can often be threatening to them, and they learn quickly of ways on how to adjust to the rain and the heat, such as the Bromlaids have.

Biome Index

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