A Tropical Rain Forest is made up of three layers : Canopy Understory Forest floor
Canopy The top layer The branches and leaves of tall trees form a canopy — like an umbrella — that shades the forest floor Epiphytes (air plants) thrive here Tree frogs, swallowbill butterflies, howler monkeys, jabirus, and long-tongued bats live here
Understory The middle layer Vines, trees, bushes, palms, and ferns thrive in this hot and humid layer Flowers do not tend to bloom here because there is little sunlight Flying foxes, spider monkeys, kinkajous, and leaf butterflies live here
Forest Floor The bottom layer Only 1% (that’s 1/100 th !) of the sunlight actually reaches this layer Wet leaves (“leaf litter”) are everywhere Moss, fungi (mushrooms), and herbs thrive here Tarantulas, anteaters, leafcutter ants, and peccaries live here
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Gibbons, Gail. Nature’s Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests. Singapore: HarperTrophy, 1997. Image on title page courtesy of Microsoft Office free clip art All other images are Wikipedia copyright-free images Credits & Sources