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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.

 

Pond in the foreground, waterfall in the background

 

Next stop: Neotropical Rainforest