Tropical Rainforest Plants Introduction

Tropical Rainforest Plants Introduction
Missouri Botanical Gardens

The following plant adaptations enable tropical plants to live in the hot, humid, and wet conditions of the tropical rainforest.

1. Bark
In drier, temperate deciduous forests a thick bark helps to limit moisture evaporation from the tree's trunk. Since this is not a concern in the high humidity of tropical rainforests, most trees have a thin, smooth bark. The smoothness of the bark may also make it difficult for other plants to grow on their surface.

2. Lianas
Lianas are climbing woody vines that drape rainforest trees. They have adapted to life in the rainforest by having their roots in the ground and climbing high into the tree canopy to reach available sunlight. Many lianas start life in the rainforest canopy and send roots down to the ground.

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