Phyllotaxis and the fibonacci series.

@article{Mitchison1977PhyllotaxisAT,
  title={Phyllotaxis and the fibonacci series.},
  author={Graeme J. Mitchison},
  journal={Science},
  year={1977},
  volume={196 4287},
  pages={270-5}
}
The principal conclusion is that Fibonacci phyllotaxis follows as a mathematical necessity from the combination of an expanding apex and a suitable spacing mechanism for positioning new leaves. I have considered an inhibitory spacing mechanism at some length, as it is a plausible candidate. However, the same treatment would apply equally well to depletion of, or competition for, a compound by developing leaves, and could no doubt accommodate other ingredients. The mathematical principles… CONTINUE READING

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