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Alocasia
macrorrhiza, elephant ear

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

Homalomena gigantea, giant arrow leaf

Musa itinerans

Musa rubra

Palm grass

Tiger whisker

Xishuangbanna ginger

 

 

 

 

Canopy gaps

allow light to reach the floor of the tropical rain forest. This is a signal for many tree seedlings to grow faster and use this chance for establishing themselves.
However, some other characteristic plants also prefer the environmental conditions of lighted areas on the floor of forests.


A fallen old tree has triggered lush growth in this little spot inside a tropical rain forest The species are Musa itinerans, Alocasia macrorrhiza (elephant ear), and some pioneer tree species.


Another habitat within a rain forest which allows more light to reach the ground is along small rivers. This is the habitat of some ginger species, tree ferns, aroids, and commelina.


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Amorphophallus: surely the most spectacular flower in canopy gaps.