In 2018 VTPro Design, an interactive design company in LA, commissioned me to design the flora for a robotic installation they were preparing for Google’s IO 2018 conference.
Since this was going to be a robotic installation the idea was to have 3 types of flora to perform different functions. The first - flowers that would open and close and change colors based on people’s moods, the second - flowers that would track people as they were walking by, and the third - inactive decorative flora and foliage.
After researching the floral world I found a rule that is dividing flowers into two different categories - monocots and dicots. Monocots have petals multiplying in three, while the dicots - in many. Monocots have simplified leaves, while dicots’ leaves separate in multiple directions, and etc.* This served perfectly for distinguishing the two different floral families with the two different functions they were performing!