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Trusses provide support: Cholla cactus

The support structure of Cholla cacti provides stabilization via hollow cylindrical struts joined as trusses.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Some cacti (such as the cholla), though, have supportive columns of branched and rejoining struts--trusses in the form of hollow cylinders with perforated walls." (Vogel 2003:437-438)
About the inspiring organism
Opuntia
Opuntia
Common name: Cholla cactus

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Bridge designs that minimize material use, pumping systems that double as structural supports.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Architecture, structural engineering

References
Steven Vogel. 2003. Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 580 p.
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