Tropical Turtle Pond & Epiphyte Waterfall
Water splashes through rock clefts covered with epiphytic plants into a quiet pool that is home to tropical turtles. Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants, not as parasites, but simply for support, as a way to grow higher in the canopy, and closer to the light. Rock outcrops are as good a home for these plants as the bark and branches of trees—both environments have little or no soil, little competition from non-epiphytic plants, and more light than the shaded forest floor. Epiphytes can be found throughout our rainforest, but this waterfall is their special display.
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