A Biogeometrical Model for Corolla Fusion in Asclepiad Flowers

Abstract : The molecular genetics of flower development have been studied extensively for more than two decades. Fusion of organs and the tendency to oligomery, important characteristics of flower evolution, so far have remained fairly elusive. We present a geometric model for shape and fusion in the corolla of Asclepiads. Examples demonstrate how fusion of petals creates stable centers, a prerequisite for the formation of complex pollination structures via congenital and postgenital fusion events, with the formation of de novo organs, specific to Asclepiads. The development of the corolla reduces to simple inequalities from the MATHS-BOX. The formation of stable centers and of bell and tubular shapes in flowers are immediate and logical consequences of the shape. Our model shows that any study on flowers, especially in evo-devo perspective should be performed within the wider framework of polymery and oligomery and of fusion and synorganization.
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Johan Gielis, Diego Caratelli, Yohan Fougerolle, Paolo Emilio Ricci, Gerats Tom. A Biogeometrical Model for Corolla Fusion in Asclepiad Flowers. 2nd Tbilisi-Salerno Workshop on Mathematical Modeling, Mar 2015, Tbilissi Georgia. pp.83-105, ⟨10.2991/978-94-6239-261-8_7⟩. ⟨hal-01556200⟩



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