Few flowers provide the exotic beauty of tropical flowers. Tropical plants grow naturally in warm, humid areas near the equator. These delicate varieties are incapable of surviving freezing temperatures, but flourish indoors as houseplants and outdoors in tropical climates.
Tropical flowers originated in rain forests and other climates that maintain warm temperatures year-round. Early settlers introduced some of these varieties into the southern, tropical climate of Florida, where many now grow naturally in area landscapes.
Tropical flowers require a combination of warmth, light and humidity. Many tropical flowers grow in greenhouses with regulated environments.
Many tropical flowers produce brightly colored blossoms. The blossoms from tropical flowers provide food in the form of nectar to many varieties of insects and hummingbirds.
Some tropical flowers grow from roots systems in the soil, while others grow upon trees. These air plants live off water and air. Some orchids are flowering plants that grow non-parasitically in this manner.
Tropical flowers add interest to landscapes during warm summer months in many locations. These garden plants require relocation indoors during cold seasons. Many tropical plants provide indoor color and beauty as houseplants.
- California Institute of Technology: Plants of the Rainforests
- Richmond University: Rainforest Plants
- University of Illinois: Winter Care for Tropical Bloomers
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