The mountain regions of El Salvador have
some temperate grasslands, with oak and pine trees. In the plains and
valleys, there are small trees, bushes and subtropical grasslands. The
Balsa, one of the more common types of trees in El Salvador, is known
for its beauty and perfume. Its trunk makes excellent lumber, as well
as resin used in antiseptics and medicinal gums. The national tree of
El Salvador, the Maquilishuat, is also known for its beautiful pink
blooms. Several types of palm and coconut trees also grow in the
coastal zones, producing a variety of tropical fruit.
Most wildlife in El Salvador can be found in the
bird population: wild duck, heron and the urraca are common in the
small country. Rodents, reptiles and insects of all kinds are
prevalent. Also, a variety of fish and aquatic reptiles such as
crocodiles inhabit the country's water bodies.
21 April 2008