Sep 05 2012

Botanical Wednesday: I just liked the color

(via Adam Broschinski)


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    Daylilies are edible. They can be cooked as a potherb, though, when fresh, they tend to have a slimy texture. If you dry them out first, then cook them makes their texture firmer.

    They have a light, delightful flavor.

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    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Good enough reason for me.

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    MG Myers

    Beautiful photograph! This one is awesome too.

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    one of things I find so fascinating are plant families.
    like in music variation on a theme.
    bananas are lilies apples are roses as are almonds
    uncle frogy

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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    You can stirfry the buds the day before they open. They might substitute for okra.

    I was surprised to find that the different colors we see in gardens are not jut varieties but different species.

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    That reminds me of something I once created: an Organism-Symmetry Demo

    Notice how that lily has D3 radial symmetry and approximate D6 symmetry. That’s common among monocots; dicot flowers usually have D5 symmetry and sometimes D4.

    Many flowers have bilateral symmetry, though that’s derived from radial symmetry.

    C1 = no symmetry
    D1 = bilateral symmetry

    C(n) = rotation (cyclic)
    D(n) = rotation + reflection (dihedral)
    2D Point-Group Demo
    C(infinity) = SO(2)
    D(infinity) = O(2)

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    I should mention that the animal kingdom is somewhat short on more-than-bilateral symmetry. Here is what I can think of at the moment:

    Adult echinoderms have close to D5 symmetry, though it’s built on bilateral symmetry.

    Cephalopods have D8 / D2 or D8 symmetry in their arms.

    Cnidarians have variously D4, D6, or D8 symmetry, and ctenophores have D8 / D2 symmetry. Their radial symmetry may be secondary, like that of echinoderms and cephalopods, judging from certain features of their development.

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