Why the Tropics Have So Many Plant Species
Lecture no. 17 from the course: Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany
Taught by Professor Catherine Kleier | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
From the shade-adapted plants living on the rainforest floor to the epiphytes in the top of the canopy—and the myriad plants and animals in between—tropical regions are the most diverse ecosystems on land. In fact, by some estimates, about 40 percent of all plants live in just the canopy of the tropical rainforest. Learn about the unique ways in which bromeliads, orchids, and lianas, among others, “make their living” near the top of this diverse ecosystem.