Rainforest Tree Surface Roots

Rainforest Tree Surface Roots

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Credit: MARTIN SHIELDS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rainforest tree with surface roots and buttress roots, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Buttress roots are believed to be an adaptation for stabilizing tall rainforest trees and for channeling the flow of internal materials to and from roots. Surface roots are an adaptation for extracting water and nutrients from the soil surface since rainforest soils are relatively nutrient poor.

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Keywords: adaptation, biome, buttress root, carara, carara national park, central america, costa rica, costa rica flora, costa rican flora, ecosystem, flora, habitat, jungle, lowland, neotropics, pacific slope, plant, rain forest, rainforest, root, surface root, tree, tree trunk, tropical, trunk, understory

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