Tropical blueberries, Disterigma humboldtii, are common in the rainforest canopy as epiphytes. They are part of the Ericaceae, or Heath, family of flowering plants known for their ability to thrive in acidic and nutrient poor environments. Their thick waxy evergreen foliage allows for more water storage --a very useful adaptation for an epiphyte.
Kapoks are the tallest trees in the forest and can grow to 150 feet in height dominating the emergent zone. They develop an umbrella shape to take full advantage of their access to sunlight. Because of their immense size, kapoks are revered and sometimes called the "mother of the forest" trees. Their flowers have an unpleasant order that attracts their primary pollinator --bats.
Cecropia is is one of the most recognizable Neotropical rainforest plants. It is fast growing pioneer species that thrives in disturbed areas. A member of the nettle family, it features hairy leaves, hollow stems, and large palmate leaves. Its leaves, which have long petioles, have evolved to maximize sunlight capture in the canopy without shading each other.
Koompassia malaccensis is a tropical rainforest emergent tree species up to 56 m tall and 149 cm dbh in the Fabaceae family. Stem very smooth. It is found in Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, throughout the Borneo island. It is threatened by habitat loss. Pictured in Singapore Botanic Gardens. http://www.asianplant.net/Fabaceae/Koompassia_malaccensis.htm | http://www.pbase.com/sathea/image/119553550