Drawing in the field.
Drawing in the field.
The spindly roots on the left are "walking palm" struts. They also have semi-lethal spines, so don't touch. Buttressed roots are common in the rainforest. The soil isn't very deep, so the roots have to spread out to capture nutrients.
The stilt roots on the left are the base of a Socratea “walking palm”. Buttressed roots are also common in the rainforest. The soil here isn’t very deep, so they spread out wide to support the massive trees above, and to capture nutrients.

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