Rainforests are enchanting… but how much do you know about them and the plants found there?
Answer these 10 questions to test your knowledge of rainforest facts!
Question 2) True or False? Alaska and Canada both have rainforests.
- A rainforest is an area that receives a specific of rainfall and includes many tall and (mostly) evergreen trees. These ecosystems exist in all continents, except for Antarctica.2
- Sadly, rainforests only cover a small portion (2.5%) of our planet and the amount is decreasing.3
Question 4) What is the world’s largest rainforest?
- The Amazon rainforest covers roughly 2,300,000 square miles!4
- Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, and French Guiana share the Amazon.5
Question 6) What are angiosperms?
- Your favorite fruit tree and flowering plants belong to this group.6
Question 8) What percentage of flowers found in Australia’s rainforests cannot be found anywhere else?
- Because Australia is fairly isolated, a great amount of its plant and animal species are endemic to the country.7
- In tropical rainforests, the top soil accumulates organic matter and nutrients come from there. Trees in these environments have shallow roots that spread out to capture the nutrients they need.1
Question 10) True or False? Plants found in rainforests have long been used to diagnose and treat diseases.
- Shamans (medicine men) have used plant species not only to successfully treat diseases, but also to diagnose them.8
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1TROPICAL RAINFOREST PLANT FACTS. (n.d.). Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://tropical-rainforest-facts.com/Tropical-Rainforest-Plant-Facts/Tropical-Rainforest-Plant-Facts.shtml
2National Geographic. (2015, May 11). Rainforest. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from http://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/rain-forest/
3Butler, R. (n.d.). 10 Rainforest Facts for 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://rainforests.mongabay.com/facts/rainforest-facts.html
4Butler, R. (n.d.). The world’s largest rainforests? Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://rainforests.mongabay.com/facts/the-worlds-largest-rainforests.html
5Sawe, Benjamin. “Countries Sharing The Amazon Rainforest.” WorldAtlas, 25 Apr. 2017, https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/countries-sharing-the-amazon-rainforest.html.
6Biology Online. (2021, July 2). Angiosperm – Definition and Examples – Biology Online Dictionary. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.biologyonline.com/dictionary/angiosperm
7Conserve Energy Future. (2021, August 1). Tropical Rainforest Biome: Location, Temperature, Precipitation, Plants and Animals . Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/tropical-rainforest-biome.php
8Butler, R. (2009, November 10). How rainforest shamans treat disease. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://news.mongabay.com/2009/11/how-rainforest-shamans-treat-disease/