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.
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.
More photos of kapok tree, showing the typical reinforcements at the base of the trunk.
A younger and smaller kapok tree.
Pictures of cocoa flowers and fruit.
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.
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.
What looks leaves, are actually part of a lichen growing over wood.
Pictures of flowers found around Sacha Lodge in Ecuador. These belongs more exactly to Eliconia.
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.
Some of the mushrooms that I've found during hikes in the Amazon rainforest.
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