Rainforests have been lifeline of our planets. They provide much needed oxygen for other organisms to survive. The rainforests provide medicinal plants, wood and other byproducts for us. In this article, we would be listing out 11 interesting facts about rainforests that you need to know.
1.An area of a rainforest that is equal to the size of a football field is being destroyed each second both legally and illegally.
2. Giant bamboo plants can grow up to 9 inches a day. They provide much needed oxygen supply to the atmosphere.
3. The trees of a tropical rainforests are so densely packed that rain falling on their canopy can take as long as 10 minutes to reach the ground. That is the reason there will not be enough lighting even at noon when sun rays are maximum.
4. In the moist rainforests of South America, sloths move so slowly that algae are able to catch hold on to them and grow in their fur.
5. Some rainforest monkeys are omnivores as they evolved the ability to eat both animals and plants. All other monkeys have been tuned to survive on the vegetarian food!!
6. More than 2,000 different species of butterflies are found in the rainforests of South America. They spice up and color the interiors of the forests.
7.The forests of Central Africa are home to more than 8,000 different species of plants. Many of these species have been extensively studied. They provide the miniature ecosystems for other organisms to survive inside the forests.
8. Flying animals of Asian rainforests include frogs, squirrels and snakes. They are termed as flying animals due to their ability to jump some distances when they are chased.
9. 80% of the flowers in the Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in the world. They uniquely flavor that part of the world and provide unique ecosystem for other organisms to survive.
10. 1 out of 3 ingredients in our medicine is from rainforest plants. Traditionally, different civilizations knew the secrets of these medicines and they collected these plants to make medicines. Many are yet to be properly analyzed.