Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests
"Tropical evergreen forest" redirects here.
For the tropical evergreen coniferous forests, see tropical and subtropical coniferous forests.
The habitat type is sometimes known as jungle.
TSMF is generally found in large, discontinuous patches centered on the equatorial belt and between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, TSMF are characterized by low variability in annual temperature and high levels of rainfall (>200 centimetres (79 in) annually).
These trees number in the thousands and contribute to the highest levels of species diversity in any terrestrial major habitat type.
In general, biodiversity is highest in the forest canopy.
These forests are home to more species than any other terrestrial ecosystem: Half of the world's species may live in these forests, where a square kilometer may be home to more than 1,000 tree species.
A perpetually warm, wet climate makes these environments more productive than any other terrestrial environment on Earth and promotes explosive plant growth.
A tree here may grow over 23 metres (75 ft) in height in just 5 years.
From above, the forest appears as an unending sea of green, broken only by occasional, taller "emergent" trees.
An area the size of Ireland is destroyed every few years.
- Tropical dry broadleaf forest
- Tropical coniferous forests
- Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS)
- International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
- List of tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests ecoregions
- Trees of the world
- Tropical vegetation
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