Enantiomorph

by Charles Stirton February. 12, 2012 5938 views

Enantiomorph

The word is derived from Ancient Greek ἐναντίος (enantios, “opposite”) + μορφή (morphē, “form”). Wikidictionary defines it as as “Mirror image, form related to another as an object is to its image in a mirror”. In these two pictures taken in the Biedouw Valley in the Cedarberg region of South Africa you can see that the style (tube off the green bit - ovary) is directed to either the left or the right. When this relates to the Style (female portion of the flower) it is called enantiostyly. A closer look at flowers often reveals that everything that you think you see is not necessarily what is there! It is only by careful observation rather than looking that we begin to really appreciate the world. looking is shallow, observing is deep.

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