Fascinating Videos Show Flowers Using Explosive Propulsion To Blast Their Seeds Far And Wide

by • January 16, 2016 • Nature, VideoComments (0)3660

The Smithsonian Channel gives us further proof that nature is always full of the most incredible surprises. It’s not only us animals that are driven by a biological need to spread our seed and genetics — plants, too, are wired with the same drive. Unlike us, however, plants and flowers can’t walk, so over millions of years they have devised some ingenious methods of spreading their seeds as far as possible. In the slow-motion Smithsonian video above we see how three plant species (violets, touch me nots, and poisonous squirting cucumbers) use different methods of explosive propulsion to spread their seeds.

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