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The lines made by the veins of the leaf are parallel quilted together by the structure of the leaf. Cohesive and slightly wavering they make their way down the surface of the leaf.

The lines made by the veins of the leaf are parallel quilted together by the structure of the leaf. Cohesive and slightly wavering they make their way down the surface of the leaf.

The prominent (and thorny) network of veins on their underside supports the large leaves,   and can even support a child standing on one (provided weight is distributed with a board.)

The prominent (and thorny) network of veins on their underside supports the large leaves, and can even support a child standing on one (provided weight is distributed with a board.)

MOTH TRAILS AT NIGHT   Photograph by Steve Irvine for National Geographic     In this beautiful long exposure photograph (i.e., the camera shutter is left open for a period of time) by Steve Irvine, we see a group of moths swarming around a floodlight at night. The 20-second exposure lets us revel in…

MOTH TRAILS AT NIGHT Photograph by Steve Irvine for National Geographic In this beautiful long exposure photograph (i.e., the camera shutter is left open for a period of time) by Steve Irvine, we see a group of moths swarming around a floodlight at night. The 20-second exposure lets us revel in…

The Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 World Expo by Joseph Paxton, was inspired by the ribbing structure of the giant Amazon Victoria Water Lilly. Also the largest Victorian glasshouse in existence - the famous Palm House built by architect Decimus Burton and iron-maker Richard Turner between 1844 and 1848.

The Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 World Expo by Joseph Paxton, was inspired by the ribbing structure of the giant Amazon Victoria Water Lilly. Also the largest Victorian glasshouse in existence - the famous Palm House built by architect Decimus Burton and iron-maker Richard Turner between 1844 and 1848.

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