Plants called epiphytes grow on other plants. These adaptation enable desert plants not only survive, but to thrive in hot and dry desert conditions. Adaptations to Air. Fungus is a good example of a plant that flourishes in warm, dark places created by the forest canopy and understory. However, the plants at the top of the rainforest in the canopy, some grow and climb on other plants, must be able to survive 12 hours of intense sunlight every day of the year. 2. Tropical Rainforest Adaptations The climate of the tropical rainforest is hot and wet. Plant adaptations are changes that help a plant species survive in its environment. Rainforest plant adaptations. There are a bunch of different plants out there, but there are a few really cool ones with its adaptions. Plant Adaptations Bibliography Climate PLANT ADAPTIONS. Adaptations to Air. Plant adaptation Plant survival in a tropical rainforest depends on the plant's ability to tolerate constant shade or to adapt strategies to reach sunlight. Drought Avoidance Through a Short Life Cycle Some leaves are thick and waxy so extra water can form beads and fall down to the plant’s roots. They obtain moisture from the air and make food by photosynthesis. Fruit-eating birds, such as pigeons, are attracted to the edible, succulent fruit and drop the seed in their faeces into a crevice in another tree. How are Plants Adapted to the Rainforest? A very important adaption is its thick bark, their bark is so thick that in wild fires its pretty much resistant. With hundreds of inches of rain per year, as opposed to San Francisco’s 20 inches, plants have adaptations that enable them to shed water efficiently. The coastal redwood is a very cool tree in the temperate rainforest. Such adaptations of desert plants are described below. There is a great amount of diversity in plant species in the tropical rainforest. For example, some leaves have drip tips that act like a spout, allowing extra water to dribble off. Most epiphytes are ferns or orchids that live in tropical or temperate rainforests (see Figure below).Host trees provide support, allowing epiphyte plants to obtain air and sunlight high above the forest floor. Plants grow thick leaves with drip tips and waxy surfaces to allow water to drain quickly to prevent rotting. There are more than around 80,000 different species of Rainforest plants, and these include flowers with special features and adaptations, trees with the unique root system, shrubs, bushes, and many vines that are utilized by man either for commercial or food purposes. They obtain moisture from the air and make food by photosynthesis.Most epiphytes are ferns or orchids that live in tropical or temperate rainforests (see Figure below).Host trees provide support, allowing epiphyte plants to obtain air and sunlight high above the forest floor. Desert plants grow in one of the harshest environments on Earth, and therefore benefit from special adaptations that help them to survive. Curriculum Links AQA Entry Level: Unit 6 – Ecosystems: 14.4.7 – The adaptations of the vegetation to the climate AQA GCSE A: Living World: The vegetation adapts to the climate and soils and is in harmony with it New strangler fig growing from host tree crevice Strangler fig roots almost enclosing host tree trunk Stage 1. Plant and animal adaptations in the rainforest Plants. Different types of plants in the rainforest have different ways of dealing with too much water. FACT SHEET 11 (CONTINUED) Life cycle of the strangler fig. The leaves of many rainforest plants have drip tips for this purpose. Plants called epiphytes grow on other plants.