Romanesco broccoli

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Romanesco broccoli
Fractal Broccoli.jpg
Field: Fractals
Image Created By: Jon Sullivan
Website: Wikimedia Commons

Romanesco broccoli

Fractals appear in nature, and the Romanesco broccoli is a particularly obvious instance. Along with the fern, the surface of the Romanesco broccoli appears to arise from a fractal reiterated many times.

Basic Description

The Romanesco broccoli is a big spiral covered in the little spirals that are covered in even more little spirals, and so on until the plant cells cannot construct a spiral small enough. This is an example of a fractal in nature. Fractals are infinite series of numbers that repeat a pattern over and over again, just like the leaves on a fern or the spirals on this broccoli.

A More Mathematical Explanation

Note: understanding of this explanation requires: *Basic single variable calculus

The structure of the Romanesco broccoli is based on a fractal. The "meristems" branching from the ma [...]

The structure of the Romanesco broccoli is based on a fractal. The "meristems" branching from the main bud form logarithmic spirals.

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