Fractal Carrots

Many plants in nature produce fractal growth patterns, and a plant called Queen Anne’s Lace is one of them.  Queen Anne’s Lace is the special name given to wild carrots, and its floral arrangement displays certain characteristics of a fractal.  From the main stem, each blossom produces smaller iterative blooms, so that each blossom looks just like a copy of the main stem.  In this way, Queen Anne’s Lace shows self-similarity, at least up to a point.  As a biological/physical object, the flower’s fractal characteristics are not infinite, only showing a handful of iterations.  However, its self-budding still gives Queen Anne’s Lace its characteristic, large-scale fractal qualities.

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