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Why the Tropics Have So Many Plant Species

Lecture no. 17 from the course: Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany

Why the Tropics Have So Many Plant Species

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.

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m********m
January 13, 2018
Review of habitat diversity interesting; issues affecting sustainable products also useful.

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r********m
December 6, 2017

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a********m
June 12, 2017
Her enthusiasm is contagious!

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