Peru Rainforest Amazon Pachitea Llullapichis Panguana Species Diversity : Pflanzen der Strauchschicht
Tree starts, whose size had been held under control by the shade, suddenly shoot up. Ferns, arum plants (Araceae), splendidly colored
flowers and bushes create in impassable hedge. Ancient plants such as moss, algae and lichen simply take over the leaves of other plants and trees (epiphyllous plants in the fight for the bit of light. This
causes the plants to try and protect themselves from light thieves with a substance similar to wax. "Nowhere is the life energy of the tropics so clear as in one of the leaves overcome by Epiphyllen and yet
still capable of life." (Volkmar Vareschi quoted in Lücking / Bernecker-Lücking, 1999). The tiny epiphytes are little parasites. They use the leaf as a base and play an extremely important role in the mineral
levels of the forest by filtering even rainwater. When taking over a leaf they must be careful not to harm or destroy their base, since the death of the leaf would mean the end of the living community that had
settled in on top.