Layers of the Rainforest


So what are the layers of the rainforest...

There are usually four layers in the rainforests.






Highest up is the layer called emergents - that's the really tall trees that stick out from the canopy.

Tropical Rainforest with Guano Palms, Southern Yucatan Peninsula
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The next layer is the canopy. It is the thick layer that catches all the sunlight and leaves only 5% of light for the plants below.

Consequently, the next layer - trees like tree ferns, and other shorter trees, are adapted to very little or no sunlight.

And finally, the fourth layer - the forest floor - gets only 2% of sunlight and is not very crowded with plants.




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