Who said math can’t be interesting? Fractals like these can seem too perfect to be true, but they occur in nature and plants all the time and are examples of math, physics, and natural selection at work!

When we see order in the world, we think it must be some human hand that made it so. But Galileo Galilei in his Il Saggiatore wrote, “[The universe] is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures.” There is order in nature, and artists who want to reproduce it faithfully spend hours studying nature’s forms.

Civilization has struggled to understand this perfect geometry for thousands of years. In the 4th century, Plato believed that symmetry in nature was proof of universal forms; in 1952, the famous code-breaker Alan Turing wrote a book trying to explain how such patterns in nature could be formed.

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#1

Aloe Polyphylla

Aloe Polyphylla

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mikalok
Community Member
5 years ago

Twisted, twisted

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#2

Romanesco Broccoli

Romanesco Broccoli

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Rism
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5 years ago

Whoah! Never see this in supermarket

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#3

Crassula Buddha's Temple Plant

Crassula Buddha's Temple Plant

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CarolCampbell
Community Member
5 years ago

Where can I find this lant? This is total beautiful.

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#4

Amazon Lily Pad

Amazon Lily Pad

Amazon Lily Pad

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TerriBaran
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like a placenta!

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#5

Dahlia

Dahlia

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JenniferNorthFitzgibbons
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the color and each little perfect section. Nature at her finest. My favorite flower! <3

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#6

Flowers Like Jeweled Carpet

Flowers Like Jeweled Carpet

Morgan Glines Report

VictoriaMorehead
Community Member
5 years ago

That's a Lantana. :)

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#7

Drosophyllum Lusitanicum

Drosophyllum Lusitanicum

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wolvesrcool
Community Member
5 years ago

to beautiful for words!!

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#8

Hoya Aldrichii

Hoya Aldrichii

John Tann Report

CarolCampbell
Community Member
5 years ago

I have never seen many of these plants. They are breath-taking. Where is this one found?

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#9

Fractal Cabbage

Fractal Cabbage

Epochalypse Report

DanielleBrown
Community Member
5 years ago

It's too pretty to eat

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#10

Sunflower

Sunflower

Luca Postpischl Report

BobbiQualls
Community Member
5 years ago

Nice

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#11

Camelia

Camelia

Robbie Report

DianaShively
Community Member
5 years ago

Love these so much!

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#12

Spiraling Succulent

Spiraling Succulent

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BAnnKriquetteSimpson-Chappelle
Community Member
5 years ago

Same as photo one?

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#13

Thinking Cactus

Thinking Cactus

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LeighStovall
Community Member
5 years ago

It looks like a loofah!

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#14

Viola Sacculus

Viola Sacculus

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CarolCampbell
Community Member
5 years ago

Happy Plant

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#15

Ludwigia Sedioides

Ludwigia Sedioides

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JoiPfost
Community Member
5 years ago

This makes me want to learn to paint. It's so beautiful!

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#16

Lobelia

Lobelia

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VincentvanRooyen
Community Member
5 years ago

lobelia?

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#17

Succulents

Succulents

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TollTolladay
Community Member
5 years ago

House leek. Easy peasy to grow!

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#18

Pelecyphora Aselliformis

Pelecyphora Aselliformis

Peter Hunter Report

PiaTorpman
Community Member
5 years ago

Fantastic!!!

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#19

Chameleon Tail

Chameleon Tail

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jako91
Community Member
5 years ago

Didn't know the chameleon was a plant! Now i can get a little companion! "It's not a pet, it's a plant, mr. campus administrator!"

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#20

Leaf Ladder

Leaf Ladder

Janet Little Report

OLdiseño
Community Member
5 years ago

Reminds me of the bat wings!! Amazing Nature!

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#21

Hoya Pubicalyx

Hoya Pubicalyx

Botanical Wonderland Report

#22

Alstroemeria Pelegrina

Alstroemeria Pelegrina

Florencia & Juan Report

17_csimpson
Community Member
5 years ago

Cool I can't believe this. ITS A MIRACLE!!!!!

#23

Hoya Kerrii

Hoya Kerrii

Sandra Report

Rcatheron
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like sugar icing flowers on a cake!

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#24

Spiral Begonia

Spiral Begonia

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MaryAliceLynch
Community Member
5 years ago

I have neve seen a begonia like this. It is beautiful.

#25

Aeonium Tabuliforme

Aeonium Tabuliforme

David Szalay Report

McAllan Fungai Kusuwo
Community Member
3 years ago

Nature is so cool, its practically magical.

#26

Fractal Cabbage

Fractal Cabbage

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#27

Echinacea

Echinacea

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#28

Symetric Flowers

Symetric Flowers

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DaveFalk
Community Member
5 years ago

Super

#29

Passiflora Caerulea

Passiflora Caerulea

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Richard Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Passion flower

#30

Pinecone

Pinecone

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#31

Fearful Symmetry

Fearful Symmetry

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MaryAliceLynch
Community Member
5 years ago

I love the colors and the symetry. I like this one the best so far.

#32

Agave~tequila Plant

Agave~tequila Plant

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MerryMarjie
Community Member
5 years ago

Ah, my favorite plant, in terms of productivity!

#33

Silversword

Silversword

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#34

Agave Angustifolia

Agave Angustifolia

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#35

Planta Mosaico - Ludwigia Sedioides

Planta Mosaico - Ludwigia Sedioides

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#36

Gerbera

Gerbera

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#37

Purple Fractal Cabbage

Purple Fractal Cabbage

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#38

B&w Dahlia

B&w Dahlia

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#39

Unfurling Tree Fern Frond, Madeira

Unfurling Tree Fern Frond, Madeira

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#40

Monstera Fruit

Monstera Fruit

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#41

Araucaria Arucana

Araucaria Arucana

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chachkimooch
Community Member
5 years ago

I love this one! Gorgeous!

#42

(another) Sunflover Mandala

(another) Sunflover Mandala

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#43

Colorful Cacti

Colorful Cacti

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#44

Finonacci Garden

Finonacci Garden

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Community Member
5 years ago

I think this is the best one

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#45

Mandala

Mandala

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#46

Mimosa

Mimosa

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#47

Pinecone

Pinecone

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#48

Millipede

Millipede

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БорчеСъм
Community Member
5 years ago

this is NOT a PLANT!! but still beautiful!

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#49

Detail Of A Fern

Detail Of A Fern

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#50

White Chrysanthemum

White Chrysanthemum

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DonnaGriffiths
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5 years ago

Beautiful!

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#51

Santan Flower

Santan Flower

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#52

Suculent

Suculent

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TravinMcKain
Community Member
4 years ago

This is Dudleya pulverulenta “Chalk Liveforever”

#53

Water Forget-me-not

Water Forget-me-not

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#54

Protier

Protier

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GailKlein
Community Member
5 years ago

Protea too.

#55

King Protea - Maui

King Protea - Maui

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chachkimooch
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW! Now that's an impressive flower!

#56

Geometric Leave.

Geometric Leave.

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#57

Magnolia

Magnolia

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#58

Name?

Name?

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CaroDose
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like a chrysanthemum to me. Probably in a flower show since it's a day or so past prime.

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#59

Arjareka Gibson- 7th Period

Arjareka Gibson- 7th Period

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#60

Oriental Lily

Oriental Lily

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#61

Spiney Cactus

Spiney Cactus

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#62

White Malaysian Mums

White Malaysian Mums

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#63

Pine Candle

Pine Candle

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#64

Phillip Nguyen Pd.3

Phillip Nguyen Pd.3

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#65

Fractal Broccoli

Fractal Broccoli

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#66

Farjana Kshuhboo

Farjana Kshuhboo

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#67

Farjana Kshuhboo P3

Farjana Kshuhboo P3

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#68

Andrew Bagwell 3rd

Andrew Bagwell 3rd

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KiaL
Community Member
5 years ago

ok

#69

Camelia

Camelia

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#70

Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus

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#71

Apple Core Cross Section

Apple Core Cross Section

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#72

A Strange Flower

A Strange Flower

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#73

Moss On The Cobble Stones

Moss On The Cobble Stones

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#74

Fuzzy

Fuzzy

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#75

Cindiee

Cindiee

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KiaL
Community Member
5 years ago

Nice!

#76

Maria Iniguez

Maria Iniguez

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#77

Thissle

Thissle

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#78

Perception By Malinda Ratliff

Perception By Malinda Ratliff

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#79

Nymphalis Antiopa Butterfly

Nymphalis Antiopa Butterfly

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AbiezerCelzo224352
Community Member
5 years ago

stop posting unrelated ones

#80

Camelia2

Camelia2

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#81

???

???

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Larienne
Community Member
5 years ago

Clematis?