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The 5 Great Biomimicry Applications Series – Plants 4: Lily Pad


Day 4! – Submit biomimicry ideas though the comments section, I’ll provide information on it’s previous use in biomimicry tonight. For once in your you life there is really no such thing as a wrong answer, so hit me with your best shot! (<- p.s. I know they’re supposed to be SUPER SECRET but I swear that’s Michael Moore on lead guitar)

Inspiring Organism – Lily Pads

Underside of Giant Lily Pad from Danger Garden’s Blog

Lily pads are very thin but massive structures, and contain few to no buoyant air sacs. Instead they have a long, detailed network of ribs which very efficiently spread the weight of the structure and ensure that the leaf doesn’t buckle. If it did it would lose the surface tension which keeps it from sinking. They also have a spikey underside which can curl up.

Answers on the next page…


Author: DaveParr

Data Science, Environmental Science, Making and Music

4 thoughts on “The 5 Great Biomimicry Applications Series – Plants 4: Lily Pad

  1. Structural engineering for light yet strong structures…. such as interesting roofs, or something.

  2. How about the city in Stargate Atlantis?

  3. Those ribs and spans of the giant lily pads (like ) are an architectural marvel, especially to Victorian horticulturalist/architect/general polymath Joseph Paxton who – not content with being the first to successfully grow the tropical waterlilies in Britain – used them as his structural inspiration for the wonderfully preposterous Crystal Palace:

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