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Hexagonality in the Monstera flower 01

Hexagonality in the Monstera flower 01
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Copyright: ILYA BOROVOK (Ilya_Borovok) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 27] (122)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-12
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500, ZOOM NIKKOR 7.85-32mm/1:2.6-5.1
Exposure: f/8.4, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-27 4:22
Viewed: 6344
Points: 4
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Close up of the Monstera inflorescence consisting of spathe and spadix - the elements of hexagonality.

Monstera deliciosa Liebm. Family: Araceae (arum family).

Common names: windowleaf, ceriman, split-leaf philodendron, monstera, Mexican breadfruit, Swiss cheese plant etc.

Other common names: (Sp): balazo, cerimán de México, hojadillo, huracán, ojal, piña anona; (Po): banana de brejo, banana de macao, banana do mato, deliciosa, fruta de México, tornélia; (Fr): ananas de Mexico, anana du pauvre, cériman, monstère délicieux; (De): kostlicher kolbenrisse, Fensterblatt.

Origin: Monstera deliciosa occurs naturally in the tropical jungles of Central America from southern Mexico to Panama. Now pantropical.

WARNING: All parts of Monstera are poisonous except the ripe fruits. The plant contains oxalic acid and even the ripe fruits (with a fantastic pineapple and banana flavor) may be an irritant to particularly sensitive people.

Is there any gene in Monstera deliciosa that codes for such a hexagonality? I guess, some information about how to 'make' such an organization should be available, isn't it?! Another excellent example of hexagonality in alive world is...the honeycombs of bees.

Someone might assume that our trend to have more geometrically designed things at home is also under...control! :) Of what!? That is a puzzle!

See more about this exotic plant in Floridata.

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Hi Ilya,
Interesting macro, I enjoy the symmetry and repeating pattern here..Excellent DOF and detail with good exposure/color. An excellent note & Very Well done :)

Hello Ilya

Amazing natural history subject for TN. Truly is one of the most interesting ones I have seen around here. Superb POV and notes.


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