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Stilt roots of Socratea exorrhiza, the “walking palm”. The roots of Socratea come off the tree between shoulder and waist height and it is possible to see through the cluster of roots. Roots of the other common stilt palm, Iriartea deltoidea, come off the trunk at knee height and in a very dense cluster. (Remember that Socrates was a smart guy and defintely not dense. You can also relate the positioning of the roots to the strike zone in baseball: The roots of Socratea originate within the strike zone, while Iriartea roots are low and out of the strike zone.)


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