Fascinating Plant Patterns

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Amazing Symmetrical Plant Images

The Golden Mean, the Fibonacci sequence, or Fractals are all mathematical terms for these uncanny patterns in nature that are so universal they seem to be a fundamental characteristic of the Universe.  The Fibonacci sequence starts like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on forever. Each number is the sum of the two numbers that precede it.

These patterns appear throughout nature in the arrangements of flower petals, seed heads, pine cones, tree branches, shells, spiral galaxies, and faces. They can seem too perfect to be true, but they occur in nature and plants all the time.  Even at the microscopic level we see the Fibonacci sequence. The DNA molecule measures 34 angstroms long by 21 angstroms wide for each full cycle of its double helix spiral. These numbers, 34 and 21, are numbers in the Fibonacci series. Look at the number series in the paragraph above and you will see it.

These patterns and relationships have delighted artists, scientists, philosophers and mathematicians for thousands of years. Galileo Galilei wrote, “[The universe] is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures.”  Photographers have captured these forms in breath taking images and here are over 20 of them.

Take a look as these amazing plant mandalas!

#1 Aloe Polyphylla

Aloe Polyphylla

Photo credit: Namraka

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