Learning about Rainforests

Stilt or Prop Roots

Mangrove rainforest trees require a different kind of support system. Mangroves grow in wet, muddy soil at the water's edge which can be subject to tides and flooding. As a means of support they develop several aerial pitchfork-like extensions from the trunk which grow downwards and anchor themselves in the soil trapping sediment which helps to stabilize the tree.

Bromeliads Buttress Roots Carniverous Plants
Epiphytes Lianas Orchids
Saprophytes Stilt/Prop Roots Strangler Fig