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An Experimental Demonstration of the Dependence of Phyllotaxis on Rate of Growth

Naturevolume 169pages10521053 (1952) | Download Citation

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THERE is probably fairly general agreement to-day that new leaves arise in the first available space, be this space determined by the inhibitional fields of adjacent primordia1 or according to a more generalized theory of geometrical packing2. The apex possesses no intrinsic spiral properties; but as the Snows2,3 and others have shown, the phyllotaxis depends on circumstances and can be altered, or the genetic spiral reversed, by various experimental treatments.

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    • L. H. MILLENER

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