Amazing plant drawings explore the unseen beauty of tree root systems

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Pinus sylvestre

Plants are generally known for their beautiful flowers, leaves, and branches, but there’s a whole other side that we rarely see. Based in the Netherlands Wageningen University and Research has an archive of 1,180 drawings that depict the intricate patterns and routes of root systems. These elaborate studies were carried out over a period of 40 years, focusing on the flora of Europe with particular emphasis on Austria.

These drawings were part of a collaborative effort between University Professor Dr. Erwin Lichtenegger and University Professor Dr. Lore Kutschera, Head of the Pflanzensoziologisches Institute. Each illustration depicts a specific type of plant or tree as it appears above ground and below. The artists include a scale on the side to give context to the size and extent of these root systems.

If the primary function of these drawing exercises was to study how these fibrous networks collect nutrients and water for plants, they are also exquisite works of art themselves. Dr. Lichtenegger and Dr. Kutschera meticulously sketched the sprawling labyrinthine roots, even as they spread out, stretching in distant directions and sprouting numerous tendrils. It highlights the beauty of a less visible side of nature.

Scroll down to see more root designs and learn more about the series by visiting Wageningen University. website.

An archive of 1,180 drawings from Wageningen University and Research captures the intricate beauty of tree root systems.

Tree Root System Drawings

Pinus sylvestre

Tree root system drawing

Picea abies

Tree root system drawing

Fagus sylvatica

Tree root system drawing

Fraxinus excelsior

Tree root system drawing

Juniperus communis ssp. communist

Tree Root System Drawings

Zygophyllum xanthoxylon

Tree root system drawing

Juniperus communis ssp. alpine

Tree root system drawing

Pinus cembra

Tree root system drawing

Lolium multiflora

Tree root system drawing

Adonis vernalis

Tree root system drawing

Digynous Oxyria

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