Plants and fibonacci

Alan C. Newell, Patrick D. Shipman

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The universality of many features of plant patterns and phyllotaxis has mystified and intrigued natural scientists for at least four hundred years. It is remarkable that, to date, there is no widely accepted theory to explain the observations. We hope that the ideas explained below lead towards increased understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)937-968
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005



  • Pattern formation
  • Phyllotaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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