Above the main canopy layer, huge trees rise, like islands in a sea of green. These trees are called "emergents." Such rainforest giants may grow 150 feet high or more and are among the world's biggest treesexceeded only by redwoods and perhaps a few other conifers. Big trees are important components of the rainforest, as they provide habitat for animals and other plants, called epiphytes (see Epiphytes). Without samples of leaves or flowers, it is difficult even for experts to identify rainforest trees, so let's just admire the trees for their grandeur.
The silhouette of the tree (unidentified) shows its symmetrical branching structure.
Epiphytes crowd the lower branches of this tall tree, possibly a type of fig (Ficus).
Epiphytes are growing up the trunk of this tree. Left of center is the silhouette of another forest giant, possibly a kapok (Ceiba sp.)