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Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Spiral of Succulents.... and Other Plant Geometries

One benefit of walking is that the pace of travel allows one to see the detail of ordinary things....

The pattern above is a typical spiral...similar to that of the Chambered Nautilus and probably based on the Fibonacci series and the Golden Ratio.

Many flowers are especially representative of a radial symmetry....

"Honeybees favor the radial symmetry of daisies and clover and sunflowers, while the bumblebees prefer the bilateral symmetry of orchids, peas and foxgloves"

The Botany of Desire
Michael Pollan
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