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Observation of space filling in Celosia cristata

TitleObservation of space filling in Celosia cristata
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsSemkow, TM, Harris, PR, Schwenker, CD, Semkov, AG, Miller, NG
JournalFractals
Volume2
Pagination137-142
Keywordsbiology
Abstract
The fasciate flower aggregates (inflorescences) of Celosia cristata (Amaranthaceae) exhibit fractal behavior in the range from ~2 to ~21 cm and have a surface fractal dimension ~3 in 3-dimensional embedding Euclidean space. The inflorescence of this plant thus provides an outstanding example of the space-filling concept that originated from Peano in 1890. Such a structure of Celosia cristata may be advantageous in wind pollination.
URLhttp://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0218348X94000132?journalCode=fractals
DOI10.1142/S0218348X94000132