Trees, flowers and mushrooms of the Amazon rainforest

12-19 August 2005

Pictures of trees, flowers, bromeliads, and different types of mushrooms found during hiking trips in the Amazon rainforest, an environment where the vegetation plays one of the most important roles that is at the base of the ecosystem.

Kapok tree, Ecuador
Photo of kapok tree. A kapok is probably the biggest tree that can be found in the Amazon rainforest and is characterized by a very strong wood.

 

Kapok tree Kapok tree
More photos of kapok tree, showing the typical reinforcements at the base of the trunk.

 

A younger and smaller kapok tree.

 

Choccolate tree flowers Choccolate tree fruits
Pictures of cocoa flowers and fruit.

 

Bromeliads, amazon rainforest

 

Bromeliads, amazon rainforest Bromeliads, amazon rainforest
Photos of bromeliads growing on top of other trees. Bromeliads are not parassites, but they take the opportunity to grow on some soil, based mainly on rotting leaves and wood, that accumulates on the branches of other trees. Growing at such heights, makes possible to get much more light and some sun, if compared to ground level.

 

Small plants growing instead at ground level.

 

Leaves in the amazon rainforest Leaves in the amazon rainforest
Nice leaves using other trees as "tutors" to climb towards the light. The vegetation in the Amazon rainforest looks a kind of competition to win the light upwards.

 

More photos of plants climbing over other plants.

 

 

Lichens, amazon rainforest Lichens, amazon rainforest
What looks leaves, are actually part of a lichen growing over wood.


 

 

Twisted branches.

 

Flowers, amazon rainforest Flowers, amazon rainforest
Pictures of flowers found around Sacha Lodge in Ecuador. These belongs more exactly to Eliconia.

 

Flowers, amazon rainforest Banana flower Flowers, amazon rainforest
More photos of flowers from the Amazon rainforest.

 

The vegetation around Sacha Lodge in Ecuador. Not all the species found in the garden are endemic of the Amazon basin.

 

Flowers, amazon rainforest Flowers, amazon rainforest

 

 

Mushrooms, amazon rainforest Mushrooms, amazon rainforest
Mushrooms, amazon rainforest Mushrooms, amazon rainforest
Mushrooms, amazon rainforest
Some of the mushrooms that I've found during hikes in the Amazon rainforest.

 

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