Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Mathematics
van Ravenstein, Tony Peter, Number sequences and phyllotaxis, Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Department of Mathematics, University of Wollongong, 1986. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/1555
This thesis is largely concerned with the study of phyllotaxis (leaf arrangement) in plants. Most higher order plants exhibit a remarkable degree of regularity in the positioning of their leaves. In a sunflower, for instance, one can perceive two sets of opposed spirals which each partition the set of florets. Intriguingly, the numbers of spirals are almost certainly consecutive members of the Fibonacci sequence (Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2, n >= 2, F0 = 0, F1 = 1). This pattern manifests itself in 95% of those plants which produce their leaves sequentially.