Abstract

According to Robert Graves' mythological interpretation of the seasonal cycle, February is associated with the rowan tree. Corymb is the systematic name for the rowan inflorescence that produces the distinctive group of orange berries. The corymb, a gently domed cluster, is related to a panicle and an anthela, differing from them in the extent of upgrowth of the inflorescence branches. Soon, molecular biology will provide a gene-driven description of each inflorescence structure. This advance illustrates the progress of science: previous issues of inflorescence classification are not resolved, but a new system, reflecting the availability of new technology, is established. The artist and poet William Blake remarked that it is better to invent a system, than be enslaved by that of another. He also railed against science for its improper restriction to the imagination.

Comments

0 Comments