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Cloud Forests

Last updated: January 31, 2017

What Does Cloud Forests Mean?

Cloud forests are biomes that consist of very moist, tropical or sub tropical mountain forest areas that usually sit between 3000 and 8000 feet above sea level. These forests usually have a lot of epiphyte type plants and mosses due to the moisture in the air. They are also characterized by low cloud cover or fog, which limits the sun's contact with the ground.

Safeopedia Explains Cloud Forests

Clouds or fog in cloud forests usually sit around the canopy level.The forests are typically evergreen and many of the plants are well watered by dew that collects from the clouds or fog. This helps mosses to grow, and cloud forests are often also called mossy forests in areas where this is prevalent. Cloud forests also receive less rainfall and this also sets them apart from other tropical forests.


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