phyllotaxis

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek φύλλον (phullon, leaf) + τάξις (taksis, arrangement), from τάσσω (tassō, arrange).

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  • IPA(key): /fɪləˈtæksɪs/

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phyllotaxis (uncountable)

  1. (botany) The arrangement of leaves on a stem, or the mathematical principles governing such arrangement.
    • 1985, John Fowles, A Maggot:
      Yet his Lordship would find this rate of proportion [] likewise in all plants, in the disposition of their leaves, for which ordering he would make a name, that is, from the Greek, phyllotaxis.

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