The Fragile Eco-system
By Lara Clarke
Rainforests are thick forest of tall trees, located in tropical areas (near the equator), where there is alot of rain. Most of the flora in rainforests are found in 4 layers : the emergent layer, the canopy layer, the understory layer and the forest floor.
Daintree Rainforest is Australia's largest rainforest with its tall, luscious sweeps and beautiful scenery located north of Cairns. It is undoubtedly Australia's most beautiful and special tropical rainforest. It is so uniquely special that on the 9th December 1988, it was added to the list of world heritage sites. What makes it so special is that it is one of the two most bio diverse eco-systems on the planet.
Daintree Rainforest has the tallest Cycad in the world called "The Hopes Cycad". On the other hand, it is also home to the smallest Cycad in the world "The Bowenia".
There is 40 species of ferns native to Daintree. They are a "unique" plant by their look, size and shape. Each species has their own way of growing and producing. Three main species of ferns are the King Fern, the Tree Fern and the Tassel Fern.
One particular bird is the Southern Cassowary which is a flightless bird. It is an endangered species due to logging, vehicles and predators. They are black, blue, brown and red-orange. This unique animal is important to the forest because it's droppings contains seeds that make the soil rich and helps the flora grow.
Tourists leave happy, satisfied and amazed by the beauty and natural environment.