Flowers and Fibonacci

Count the spirals.  How many do you see?

Photo: Cynthia Scofield
Location: Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida

The number of spirals in this camellia is a Fibonacci number.  The Fibonacci sequence starts with 1,1 and then adds the previous two terms to get the next.

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …

Fibonacci numbers pop up in many areas of the natural world.  Start counting the spirals in pine cones or seed heads or the petals in flowers.  You will be amazed at how often a Fibonacci number turns up!

 Photo: Cynthia Scofield        Location:  Back Yard, Central  Florida

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