Temperatures fall and precipitation increases at mountains of higher altitudes, supporting cool moist montane forest. Higher still and the mountains become shrouded in mist for at least part of each day, creating conditions for cloud forest.
Here growth is slowed by lower temperatures and reduction in sunlight. Branches of trees become laden with epithetic plants like moss, lichen, ferns and orchids. Tree ferns become a common sight.
While this forest supports many of the same plants of the lowlands rainforest, they also harbor some unique species of plant life and birdlife.