Tetrahedra and Icosahedra with Agaves and Aloes


Stage-3 fractal with Aloe sinkatana Stage-3 fractal with Aloe Sinkatana (Aloe striata hybrid

Stage-3 Sierpinski Tetrahedron sitting beneath an Aloe sinkatana, (an Aloe striata hybrid). Taken at the Desert Botanical Gardens in March of 2001.


3D analog a Sierpinski triangle with Aloe sinkatana stage-2 Sierpinski tetrahedron (3D Sierpinski triangle) with Aloe sinkatana

Stage-2 Sierpinski Tetrahedron with an Aloe sinkatana at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Something about the flowers looked very appealing to me, and the tetrahedron goes with them nicely.


stage-2 and -3 fractal structures with Aloe suprafoliata stage-2 and -3 Sierpinski tetrahedra with Aloe suprafoliata

Stage-3 Sierpinski tetrahedron with Aloesuprafoliata plants at the Desert Botanical Gardens. This picture has replaced the original picture that the drawing to the right was traced from. There are so many beautiful plants in here that I decided to use this photo instead of the zoomed-in one.


Red-leaf plants: Crassula 'Campfire'.  Inbetween: black-tipped agave, an Agave macroacantha.  Groundcover: Maleophora crocea stage-2 Sierpinski with ice plants and succulents at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Spring 2001. Quoting Kim Stone, Horticultural Specialist at the Arboretum:"...everything in the image is a succulent plant. The red leafed plant in the backround is Crassula 'Campfire'. It turns bright red in the winter in response to short cool nights and bright sunlight. The grey leaf Agave between them is Agave macroacantha (Black-tipped Agave aka Century plant), when it blooms it dies, but usually its life is expressed in several decades not a century. The ground cover of little dancing succulent leaves filling in much of the lower half of the image is Maleophora crocea, (Croceum iceplant from southern Africa). They are called ice plants because many of them have little silverish dots on the leaf surface that look like crystals of ice. The foreground plant behind the rock is Aloe 'Blue Gem'. It looks much like an Agave but all Agaves are from the western hemisphere (new world) and all Aloes are from the eastern hemisphere (the old world)." 

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