While walking in an Aussie rainforest I was fascinated by these buttress roots – not just because of their form but also because of their function. I got curious so did a little research and this is what I found: Buttress roots are large roots on all sides of a shallowly rooted tree. Typically, they are found in nutrient-poor rainforest soils and do not penetrate to deeper layers. They prevent the tree from falling over while also gathering more nutrients. The roots of one tree may intertwine with buttress roots from other trees and create an intricate mesh, which helps support trees surrounding it.
What a wonderful metaphor for a society of like minded people like ours.