Layers of a Rainforest

Roll your mouse over each layer for the details.

Emergent Layer

Canopy Layer

Understory Layer

Forest Floor

Forest Floor

Hardly any sun reaches the forest floor. Things begin to decay quickly. When a tree falls down everything is very different because the extra light allows lots of lianas, herbs and saplings to grow.

Understory Layer

The understory layer has the largest amount of insects. Plants that survive here include dwarf palms and soft stocked species like the ginger family. These plants can grow up to 12 feet in length.

Canopy Layer

The canopy is the second highest layer and has a dense roof of trees over the ground. It's 80 to 150 feet above the ground and is always green and leafy.

Emergent Layer

The emergent layer is the tallest layer. It is made up of a few wide, tall trees. Plants can survive the dry conditions of the 130 to 250 foot high emergent layer.