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31 May 2011

Moth plant.

There’s something very romantic about the way a parachute or propeller seeds drift on currents of air or blow in the wind as if they’ve taken on a life of their own.
On the outside, moth plant fruit looks plain and unremarkable, but it has a surprise inside.

Moth plant (Araujia cericifera)
Moth plant (Araujia cericifera) green fruit.
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It turns out a bunch of parachutists packed tightly together start to jump as soon as a ripe fruit splits in half.

Moth plant (Araujia+cericifera) open seed pod
Moth plant (Araujia+cericifera) open seed pod.
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Ready to fly the nest at last.

Moth plant seed pod with the last seed
Moth plant seed pod with the last seed.
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Moth plant open seed pod with the last seed
Moth plant open seed pod with the last seed close-up.
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2 comments:

  1. I tried to comment earlier, but it wouldn't let me. Anyway, this series takes me back (rather fondly) to botany class in college, which I took in the summer, when the leaves, flowers, seeds and such were out. I really like how you've done this post.

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  2. Thanks a lot. You're right. I had the same problem on your site and I'm afraid the bug hasn't been fully fixed yet. Anyway, people would still be able to comment if you enable anonymous or name/URL comments in your blog settings.

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