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Flora

Subtropical rain forest 
Is the Iguassu Falls area a rain forest zone?
What about the Iguassu forest?
Are the Iguassu Falls area and Amazon Rain Forest different?
 
Is the Iguassu Falls area a rain forest zone?

Make a guess. What is rainforest?


Tropical rainforests are found where temperatures and rainfall are high throughout the year. Such conditions occur only in equatorial regions in a belt 25 norths and south of the Equator. All rainforests share similar features, a characteristic layered or stratified vegetation structure and high biodiversity. Typically, annual rainfall ranges between 200 cm (79in) and 1,000 cm (394in).


 
What about the Iguassu forest?
In Iguassu National Park, water-laden winds from the Atlantic bring an annual rainfall of about 200 cm (79in), evenly distributed throughout the year. Relative humidity averages 75%-90% to which nighttime dew must be added. In general, the climate is warm, and there is a greater range of temperature between day and night than between summer and winter. The high humidity in the Iguassu Falls area makes the heat feel worse.
 
Are the Iguassu Falls area and Amazon Rain Forest different?
Yes, they are a little bit different. In some parts of Amazon the mature forests, dense closed canopy cuts off most light, leaving vast spaces under the trees. Due to dense canopy, you see sunlight only between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when darkness descends. In the Iguassu Falls region above the trees, light is abundant and layered growth breaks down creating an "edge habitat" home to numerous specialized plants and animals. What make such a difference are the geographic position and the soil. 2,576 km or 1,601 miles (approximately) separate the Iguassu Falls region from the Amazon region (Manaus). In Iguassu, during the winter the cold weather slows down the growth of vegetation and the proliferation of the species. There are many differences, nothing that a variety of books cant resolve.

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Pyrostegia venusta
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Fern - Dicksonia sellowiana
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Subtropical rain forest
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Caraguata iguazu - Bromelia balansae

 Subtropical rain forest

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