ROMANESCO

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Known as Romanesco cau­li­flower, Romanesco broc­coli or even broc­ci­flower, this rel­a­tive of more common bras­si­cas has a strik­ingly fractal ap­pear­ance. The con­i­cal pro­tru­sions are com­posed of spi­ral on spi­ral of tiny buds. Like the nautilus shell, the in­tri­cate de­signs of the Romanesco are made from repet­i­tive struc­tures that build up log­a­rith­mic spi­rals as they in­crease in size.

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