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acacia any of several tropical trees of the mimosa family, some of which produce the commercially useful gum arabic. [1/2 definitions]
African violet any of several related tropical plants, very popular as houseplants, that have fuzzy dark green leaves and bear violet, pink, or white flowers.
agave any of the tropical American plants, such as the century plant, that are related to the amaryllis and have tall, branched clusters of flowers and leaves with spiny edges.
alligator flag any of a family of large, broad-leafed, tropical, aquatic plants that usually grow up to six feet tall and have heavy blooms of delicate blue and purple flowers.
angelfish any of several types of related tropical fishes having bright colors, winglike fins, and short, circular bodies.
anhinga any of various large swimming and diving birds of tropical and subtropical America that have a long sharp bill and a long snaky neck; snakebird.
anthurium any of several tropical plants, often cultivated for their colorful leaves and flowers.
areca any of several tall palm trees of tropical Asia, such as the betel palm, having a smooth, slender trunk and feathery leaves and bearing red or orange nuts. [1/2 definitions]
army ant any of various carnivorous, mostly tropical ants that travel about in great numbers.
arrowroot a plant of tropical America whose root is dried and pulverized to produce a nutritious starch. [1/2 definitions]
avocado a pear-shaped edible tropical American fruit with a green or black skin, usu. eaten raw in salads or the like. [1/2 definitions]
balata a tropical American tree with dark red wood that yields a latex sap. [1/2 definitions]
balsa a tree of tropical America, the wood of which is extremely light in weight. [1/2 definitions]
bamboo any of several tropical grasses that have hard, woody, hollow stems and grow to the height of a tree. [1/2 definitions]
banana the long, curved, fleshy fruit of any of several tropical treelike plants. [1/2 definitions]
barracuda any of several long-bodied, fiercely predacious marine tropical fishes.
basilisk any of various tropical American lizards characterized by an erectile crest on the head and the ability to run at high speeds. [1/2 definitions]
bee-eater any of several small, brightly colored tropical birds that feed chiefly on bees and other insects.
begonia a tropical plant of which some species are cultivated as houseplants, bearing bright, waxy flowers of various colors and having leaves that are often varicolored or veined.
betel pepper a climbing plant of tropical Asia; betel.
betta any of several small, brightly colored, long-finned freshwater fishes of tropical Asia, some species of which are kept as aquarium pets.