the USDA PLANTS database will also often have helpful information, sometimes including briefs on care for a given species.
The Designer's Manual section on the wet tropics has extensive advice on how to plant in the tropics, sections 10.9-10.11 are about pioneering a forest and establishing an effective polyculture in that environment.
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