Cancer – Emotional – Plexus: BRANCHES

If in nature animals are the equivalents of vehicles and machines, plants are surely the equivalents of civil engineering structures. In this sense, in all of them the main structure holds another part above the ground. For example, in a plant, the stem, branches and roots have the task of lifting leaves above competing plants, since these leaves must take advantage of sunlight to obtain the energy necessary for their growth and reproduction. In this way, trees are in constant competition with each other and with other plants to capture as much sunlight as possible.

The main advantage they have is their great height; thanks to it, they are able to place their photosynthesis units (leaves) in privileged places. To achieve this competitive advantage, arborescent plants have to transport water over long distances, due to the effect of cohesive forces due to surface tension, against gravity, and also have to cope with considerable mechanical loads: their own weight, wind load, the weight of snow, among others. To meet these mechanical requirements, the trees have a sophisticated structural design and a unique engineering material: wood. Thus, they combine strength, flexibility, and rigidity, and can even respond to their environment and thus change their design. This allows them to deploy their blades using a minimum of structural material.

The events that occur in the course of a tree’s life indicate that each species has a «plan of action» for its development. These «plans», or architectural units, represent a particular developmental sequence with a finite number of branching categories and are grouped into one of multiple models (on the order of about thirty) used to describe plants, whether tropical or boreal, tree or herb, fossil or extant.

I invite everyone to read Matias’ post with the topic of the day.

Finally, I encourage everyone to reflect on the concept of the day. No one else but us can re-signify our own being

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