• Question: Why, according to you, does some plants have a so specific and special shape ? As, for example, the Romanesco Broccoli, which has a Fractal-like shape

    Asked by M-A & L to Freddie, Jena, Kirsten, Kon, Zarah on 16 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Jennifer Bates

      Jennifer Bates answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      It’s to do with maximising space to get the most out of it – things like sunflower heads and pine cones want to get as much out of the space they have assigned for seeds and the Golden Section/Angle associated with Fibonacci sequences is the best way to do that.