Victoria amazonica has been a long-running inspiration even beyond its botanical “wow” factor, not only for its structure but for its instant recognizability. Read more on it here, and check out the NYBG in summer when ours will be on display! —MN
Apparently Sir Joseph Paxton’s structural ideas for the Crystal Palace came from plants - and more specifically the Victoria Regia Lily pictured, which were later cultivated inside the palace.
This image comes from Delamotte’s Crystal Palace: A Victorian Pleasure Dome Revealed by Ian Leith.
CROSS SECTION OF A BONE THAT SHOWS THE SUBSTANIA SPONGIOSA. THE DENSITY OF THIS VAULTLIKE STRUCTURE FOLLOWS THE FORCES THAT ACT UPON THE BONE