phyllotaxis

noun
phyl·lo·tax·is | \ˌfi-lə-ˈtak-səs \
variants: or less commonly phyllotaxy \ˈfi-lə-ˌtak-sē \

Definition of phyllotaxis 

1 : the arrangement of leaves on a stem and in relation to one another

2 : the study of phyllotaxis and of the laws that govern it

First Known Use of phyllotaxis

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phyllotaxis

New Latin phyllotaxis, from phyll- + -taxis

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