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Rainforest Plants
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     challenging words:    avocadoes, epiphyte, brazil, standing, epiphytes, better, allspice, woody, nutmeg, periwinkle, bromeliads, cacao, interesting, leukemia, survival, produce
     content words:    South America, North American, South American, US National Cancer Institute


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Rainforest Plants
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The rainforest is green and growing and lively. There is lots of rain, over 100 inches of rain per year. In tropical rainforests, it is warm and sunny all year long. Since sunshine and rain are two of the things that plants need to grow, you can see why tropical rainforests are home to many, many plants. In fact, more than half of the world's different species of plants live in tropical rainforests.
 
2     The major plants in a tropical rainforest are trees. There are more types of trees in the rainforest than there are anywhere else. Rainforest trees have tall straight trunks and smooth bark. The taller ones have a canopy of leaves up to 100 feet above the forest floor.
 
3     Another type of rainforest plant is the epiphyte. Epiphytes are plants that grow on trees instead of on the ground. Orchids, bromeliads, and ferns are rainforest epiphytes. Bromeliads are interesting plants that have leaves that form a holding tank for water. These leaf tanks can hold from less than a pint to more than ten gallons of water. These little tanks of water are home to whole communities of small creatures, including bacteria, mosquitoes, and tadpoles. There are also epiphytes that live on other plants, including mosses, liverworts, and lichens. Epiphytes get water and nutrients they need from the rain and air.

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