"1 20860---Tropical Vegetation in the Heart of the Panama Canal Zone.
The variety and thickness of tropical found.
vegetation are wonderful A dozen dif- In the forests are always found flowers
ferent varieties of plants may be found in blossom. Some in the soil and some
growing on a space ten feet square. The hanging from the trees. Butterflies and
fact that a large tree may be occupying a humming birds, in all the colors of the
portion of the plot seems to make no dif- rainbow are constantly on the move.
ference. Each thrives as though it grew Parrots whistle and monkeys chatter in
alone. This shows the great fertility of the tree tops. Small lizards beautifully
the soil. colored and absolutely harmless, dart
When the forest is cut away and fruits, under t-h leaves and over tre ground.
vegetables or grain planted in the soil, There are very, very few poisonous in-
large returns are always realized. There sects or reptiles. The native workmen
is perpetual summer and an abundant for the most part go barefooted in the
rainfall. Everything planted grows con- forests as well as on the plantation.
stantly. There is no cessation of growth Delightful it is to walk through a path
day or night. like this. In addition to the varied plant
So dense is this tropical growth of and animal life there is the arched canopy
vegetation that you cannot make your of glossy green, the glittering spikes of
way through it without the assistance of golden sunshine, and glimpses of the blue
the machete. The path once cut and then eternal dome.
u.- nused for---throe months could not be
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