biodiversity- many different kinds of life.
bromeliad- a tropical plant, a member of the pineapple family, that grows on the branches or trunks of trees.
buttress- a fan shaped bottom on some of the tall rainforest trees that helps hold the tree upright.
canopy- a thick, overhead layer of the forest made by the tops of tall trees and vines.
conservation- a careful preservation and protection of something.
deforestation- the process of stripping an area of trees and other vegetation.
drip tips- leaves that come to a point allowing rainwater to drip off.
endangered species- an animal or plant that is threatened with extinction.
epiphyte- a plant that grows on another plant, but doesn't harm it.
equator- the imaginary line around the earth halfway between the North and South Poles.
extinct- no longer living.
forest floor- the bottom layer of the rainforest.
liana- a woody vine that is rooted in the soil and grows up tree trunks.
parasite- a plant or animal that grows and feeds on another.
tropical rainforest- an evergreen forest found in an area around the equator. There is much rainfall and the climate is warm and humid year round. Sometimes called a jungle.
understory- the layer of the forest below the canopy where small trees, shrubs and herbs grow.