Stunning Slow-Motion Footage Shows How Some Plants Explode To Disperse Seeds

Jun 16, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
Leave it to Mother Nature to always come up with the coolest, weirdest ways of doing stuff. Let's take seed distribution, for instance. Theoretically, a plant (being stationary) shouldn't be able to spread its seeds too far, but plants have found a variety of solutions to this problem. Every spring, across most of America, the air is filled to varying degrees with floating white fluff from dandelion plants. These little tufts carry dandelion seeds far and wide. Other plants have ways of attaching themselves, either by being sticky or having small hooks (which inspired Velcro, by the way), to things that can move around.

And then, of course, there's the plants that explode. As this video shows in stunning slow motion, using explosive pressure can be very effective. The violet plant does this by using extreme constriction, with the drying seed pods essentially pinching the seeds off into the distance. The squirting cucumber, on the other hand, fills with slimy juice as it ripens. This builds up pressure inside the fruit, which eventually explodes like a rocket, spewing seeds in every direction.
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