Semi-evergreen forests

Evergreen forest communities growing under lower rainfall and longer dry seasons contain variable amounts of deciduous trees in the canopy and are therefore termed semi-evergreen forests.

This type of forest, adapted to reasonable amounts of rainfall in a highly seasonal pattern, is unique to mainland Southeast Asia.

Many species, such as elephants, tigers, wild cattle and deer seek refuge in the shade and higher humidity found in patches of semi-evergreen forests during the dry season.

Patches of semi-evergreen forest contain some of the most valuable timber species in the ecoregion and thus are threatened by logging.

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