Autumn leaves, according to the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden get their the variety of leaf color because of the differing amounts of sunlight they receive.
As you can clearly see in the leaf in the upper right, the bottom-right corner has the pattern of the leaf above. Where the leaf above shaded this leaf, no red pigments were produced. Where the leaf was exposed, bright red anthocyanins were formed.
The formation of red pigments in the autumn provides protection, preventing the too-rapid breakdown of chlorophyll which could occur in exposed areas. More
This striking vegetable could as easily be placed in the living room as in the dining room. Romanesco is a member of the species Brassica oleracea L., which includes cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, & kohlrabi.
The one I tried was more like cauliflower in texture, most like broccoli in taste. They are becoming increasingly available in farm markets along the North Coast.
It's natural fractal patterns are frequently found in nature in both animal and plant and mineral