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The closest thing to binary trees in nature?

Oct 5, 2020
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In computer science, binary tree is a tree data structure which consists of nodes (that hold information) with at most two children. If not for this structure, much of the modern compute would be stuck wasting endless CPU cycles for seemingly trivial computations.

A binary tree, Credits: Derrick Coetzee
A binary tree, Credits: Derrick Coetzee

I think, Dragon blood tree is the closest thing in nature to binary trees from computer science.

(c) Alexandre Baron, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
(c) Alexandre Baron, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/85780

Unfortunately, this tree is "Vulnerable" Globally, and part of the IUCN Red List.

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