Name: Anne Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) Only dead fish go with the flow!
Indeed! I have to wonder if all plants create a root system like that with a few main 'arteries' that branch off. I imagine the total structure does differ considerably with the type of plant as far as the root spread goes and the length of the tap root and quantities of 'arteries' in relation to how tall the plant gets and other factors. I had to remind myself what I was seeing was only two dimensional so to speak. It also appeared that the cellular structure of the main roots were different from the rest as well.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.