Socratea Exorrhiza or Stilt Palm is a large species of monoecious palms native from Central America to the Amazon rainforest. They are sometimes called walking palms because of their prominent stilt-like roots. If the light is better on one side of the palm, the roots will grow into the lighted area and roots on the low light side tend to die off. Thus, the palm itself moves more into the light.
Further more the stilt roots allow the palm to “walk” away from the point of germination if another tree falls on the seedling and knocks it over. If such an event occurs then the palm produces new vertical roots and can then right itself, the original roots rotting away.
As interesting it would be to think that when no one is around trees can walk the rainforest floor…
Inspired by this plant I designed the trunk, the support base of the Herba in Motus, which is a table composed by three flower’s table bases interchangeable.