Leaves resist bending: trees
The leaves of many plants are flat yet flexible surfaces that resist bending thanks to structural features and bracing from below.
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[Caption for Figure 21.8 in Vogel 2003: "Thin leaf surfaces avoid bending in various ways. Veins may provide supporting trusses (a), the whole leaf may be cambered lengthwise (b), or pleats can make a ridge-and-valley self-trussing system (c)."]
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Photovoltaic panels that flex with environmental conditions; roofs with some ability to flex, thereby requiring fewer support girders or trusses.
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