Photograph taken by @christianziegler . Green amoeba. Barro Colorado Island (BCI) an island in Panamas Lake Gatun is the principle field station of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and arguably the oldest field station in a tropical forest
Typical uneven and billowing canopy of a sub tropical rainforest. Dorrigo National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Vines covering the tree tops are prominent in this photo. (Flickr photo by Pete the Poet)
A liana is any of various long-stemmed, woody vines that are rooted in the soil at ground level and use trees, as well as other means of vertical support, to climb up to the canopy to get access to well-lit areas of the forest. Lianas are especially characteristic of tropical moist deciduous forests and rainforests, including temperate rainforests. Yes, this is the vine Tarzan would swing from.
The spiral stair case arrangement of the leaves of a wild ginger (Genus Costus) avoids self shading in the dark understory of the rain forest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Photo copyright Christian Ziegler.