The geographical tropics, found in between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, is home to the most incredible array of animals, plants, and fungi found on the planet. The further you travel toward a pole from the earth’s equator, the less and less species diversity you’ll find in each habitat, until you end up with ice. This is one of the reasons that conservation efforts in the earth’s tropical regions are so important, and why the destruction of the earth’s tropical rainforests is perhaps the greatest threat that the planet has ever faced. The diversity of the tropics is not restricted to the number of species present…it includes the colors, textures, and patterns you’ll find in tropical plants and animals that are not found in temperate zones.
Visit the Gardens to see and learn more about these incredible trees or visit our botany blog for additional details.