The book of the mimicry of the living

The 5 Great Biomimicry Applications Series – Plants 5: Maple Seeds


Last one folks! Same as the last 4. Have a look at the organism below and make any suggestions that come to your mind about how it could be used in a useful human product in the comments section. For the final time there are NO WRONG answers. I have a stats page which shows that each of the last 4 pages has had between 30-60 views,but gets approximately 3 comments so I WANNA SEE YOUR GUTS MAN!

Inspiring Organism – Maple Seed

Maple Tree seeds have one thin wing attached to each seed pod

Maple seeds are another attempt for parent plants to scatter the new generation, but this time airborne! Recently researchers at Caltech discovered the swirling motion of a falling seed creates a tornado like vortex that ensures a slow descent to enable the seed to travel as far as possible on the wind.

Fifth and final answer on the next page!


Author: DaveParr

Data Science, Environmental Science, Making and Music

8 thoughts on “The 5 Great Biomimicry Applications Series – Plants 5: Maple Seeds

  1. A new type of parachute. Might be a cause of dizzyness though.


  2. Being Canadian, I spent a blissful childhood playing with these seeds, which go by the more sciendtific name of whirligigs in their natural homeland. I duely noted that the shape of the seed pod and their method of travel was just like a helicopter. Claire

  3. The Ex-army guy next to me says lockheed martian are building a drone based off it.

  4. I would imagine something to do with propellers or turbine blades.

  5. Although I also saw the kids toy that’s basically an eleastic band launched led lit maple leaf today. had forgotten about that.

  6. Helicopter!

    One armed Shrew.


  7. Air fresheners or fake snow

  8. As kids we played ‘helicopters’ with similar sycamore seeds.

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