The Bird-of-Paradise Flower or Strelitzia is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa. Academics from the University of Stuttgart were tasked to develop a hingeless louvre system that can be developed for irregularly shaped buildings.
After analysing a number of plant species, they settled on the pollination mechanism of the Strelitzia reginae. The flower is aligned perpendicular to the stalk, providing a perching spot for the birds. When a bird lands, its weight pulls down the bottom two petals, causing a bending motion that reveals the anthers where the pollen is. The pollen covers the bird’s feet while it’s feeding on nectar, and then it flies off to another flower where the pollen gets deposited on that plant’s pistil.
This product is available in a range of sizes and can be 3d printed in a variety of materials depending on the client needs. This is developed into a commercial entity, Flectofin.
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