Radiating Fractal Pattern in Queen Anne's Lace

This Queen Anne’s Lace shows an example of a fractal pattern. Mathematical fractals show the same structure no matter how small or large a piece you look at. Biological specimens do not perfectly duplicate structure at different scales, but they can come close. From the center of the flower stems radiate out, then at the end of each stem is a smaller radiating pattern of florets. The florets in this case also show some arrangement into clockwise spirals.

Continue reading →