The vegetation of Krakatoa was completely exterminated in 1883 by a thick coat of red-hot pumice.
Beneath the trees grew some kind of lush, wet, bushy vegetation with silver-lit leaves and stems here and there.
The rain had refreshed the vegetation and the trunks of the trees were dark against the bright green leaves.
The later period of the Mesozoic era saw the almost sudden advent of a fully developed angiospermous vegetation which rapidly occupied the earths surface, and which it is not easy to link on with any that preceded it.
The vegetation is almost tropically luxuriant - palms, wild pineapples, and ferns growing profusely, and the valleys being filled with wild beans and patches of taro.