I was working a bit in the garden today, first time this year, cutting back the evergreen ivy that appears to have been spreading all winter while the deciduous stuff took a long break.
And I thought about the forest. After any clearing, there is a battle for light and a battle for growth between the two types of plant. Who wins?
Well it is obvious that the green climbers grow faster than the trees. They don't need to waste energy putting down deep roots and providing solidity. They may be creepy and parasitic, but they are the ones who get ahead.
But. When we look back at a jungle, or when we look for core essence of the jungle, then we usually think of the trees.