Drip tip leaves – typical of most rainforest plants

Photo by Bob Thomas, Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Tambopata National Park, Peru, November 2007.

If leaves had no mechanisms to shed water in the rainforest, they would be incessantly covered with growths of various types.  This plant species has a highly developed drip tip.

Sometimes, however, battles in the tropics are lost.  See the “epiphyllous growth” note in this section.

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