The re-usage of highly similar and complex parts in widely different organisms in non-treelike patterns is best explained by the action of an intelligent agent.
If redwoods are a byword for great stature, grasshoppers represent the opposite. And what insect could be more common or familiar?
These methods send a powerful symbolic statement that we are essentially nothing more than carbon atoms gathered temporarily in a rational and animated form.
The mechanism represents a unique and stunningly brilliant solution to the problem of raising water to the top of large trees.
Without lignin, there would be no woody plants, no wood, no coal, no charcoal, no fire, no pottery, and certainly no iron or metallurgy.