A Little Known Layer: Piggyback in the Rainforest

Rainforest Flower

A rainforest looks like a rainforest partly because of all the plants growing on other plants there. A great many of these are epiphytes, plants that use other plants as support...But that don's use them as food (the way a parasite would).

In a rainforest, tiny epiphytes like algae, mosses, cacti, and lichens grow on the surface of leaves. Larger epiphytes like ferns, bromeliads, and other orchids often make their homes on tree branches or trunks.

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