Rainforest Plants: Adaptation for Survival

 
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In the darkness of the understory, vines have an advantage over slower-growing trees.

Vines, Belize.

Vines, Belize.

Vines are everywhere in the rainforest! Vines have a distinct advantage over trees because they can grow quickly towards the canopy, using existing trees for support.

On the other hand, there is the "strangler fig", which starts its growth in the tops of trees and works down - until its roots enter the ground. After that, it grows rapidly until it completely encompasses the host tree, killing it, and replacing it with the "strangler fig tree".

Strangler fig, Guatemala.

Give-and-take tree, Belize.

This small palm requires birds to eat its fruit and scatter its seeds. Do you think it has adapted to discourage others from getting its' seeds?

This plant advertises to encourage consumption of its seeds. Many plants require consumption of seeds - either to simply be spread by animals, or in some cases seeds must be passed through the intestines of an animal before germination.

Lipstick plant, Belize.

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