why do trees in a forest grow straight and tall
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They can grow 6-15 inches a day. They can grow as tall as 120 feet. Bamboo, although hard like wood, is actually a member of the grass family. Bamboo is used in the tropics to build houses, rafts, and bridges. Bamboo is also used to make mats, hats, fish traps, chopsticks, and musical instruments. Banana Plants: The banana plant is grown all over the tropics for its fruit. Half of the world's banana crop is grown in Africa. Central and South America export bananas to other parts of the world. Bananas grow in bunches. Plantain is a type of banana that is larger and coarser. It isn't as sweet. Brazil Nuts: Brazil Nuts are grown in the rain forest. They are gathered by native workers and sent around the world. Many products are grown in the rain forest. The hard shell of the Brazil Nut is hard to crack. Some parrots have sharp beaks to break open the shell. The nuts are found in a round grapefruit size ball that grows on the tree and contains about 20-25 seeds (nuts). Bromeliads: Pineapples are part of a group of plants called bromeliads. These plants have stiff leaves that help water travel to the center of the plant.
A big bromeliad provides a home for insects and small water animals. Cocoa Beans: The seeds of the "cacao" tree are made into a powder that is called cocoa. Cocoa is a drink that is made with this powder mixed with milk. Africa harvests about two-thirds of the world's cocoa beans. Most of the rest comes from South America. Coconuts: Coconuts are the fruit of the coconut palm tree. The fruit grows in clusters. It has a thick outer husk and a hard inner shell. The inner white shell is called the meat of the coconut and is used for food. The liquid inside the coconut is called coconut milk and is a favorite drink in the tropics. Deforestation: This refers to the cutting down of forests. Due to land development and lumbering many rain forests are becoming smaller every day. The loss of rain forest land is a concern for all, because animals and plant species will become extinct without their nature environment. Ferns: Ferns are spore producing plants. Most grow in damp, shady places, but some grow in dry soil and rocks. Some are air plants that grow on trees. Ferns come in a variety of sizes, some are very small and others can be large bushes.
Fruit it is a major product of the rain forest. Many of the fruits that originated in the rain forest are now harvested throughout the world. Some however, still are gathered from the forest. Some common fruit for the rain forest are pineapples, starfruit, mangos, guava, oranges, coconut, berries, and much more. The animals of the rain forest also thrive on the many varieties of fruit. Hibiscus: There are many different species of hummingbirds in the rain forests. They are important because they help pollinate flowers like the hibiscus. Look at the anthers (in yellow), these wipe onto the hummingbird when it is getting nectar from the plant and the hummingbird transports the pollen to another plant. Kapok Tree: The Kapok tree is a very large tree in the rain forest. It is home to many animals. Lynne Cherry's The Great Kapok Tree is a tale about the Amazon Rain Forest. It tells about how animals and trees and humans all need each other to survive. Check this book out from your library. And that's not even all of them, there is many many more.
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