The Rainforest Floor

floor

The floor of the rain forest is not crowded. Very little sun reaches the forest floor. It is very warm and humid in this layer. Plants that don't need a lot of sun grow here. Fallen leaves, dead plants and animals will decay (rot) very quickly.

One of the largest and oldest trees in the rainforest is the Kapok tree. It can grow over 200 feet tall.

The Kapok tree has special roots called buttress roots. These roots can grow up to 15 feet tall!

Kapok trees depend on buttress roots. These special roots help the tree get more nutrients or food from the soil. They also keep the tree from tipping over in strong winds.

The rainforest soil gets its nutrients from decaying (rotting) plants and animals. Termites, giant earthworms, millipedes, and beetles eat rotting plants and animals. They are called decomposers.

The decomposers recycle the forest waste to provide nutrients for plants to use. The decomposers are important to the rainforest.

buttress

trunk

Animals and Plants of the Rainforest Floor

tapir
ants
scorpion
anteater
Tapir
Army Ants
Scorpion
Anteater
turtle
pirahanna
caiman
Arapaima
Matamata Turtle
Piranha
Caiman
Arapaima
anaconda
jaguar
millipede
lily
Anaconda
Jaguar
Giant Millipede
Giant Lily Pad
       
     
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