dyanega at MONO.ICB.UFMG.BR
Fri Jan 23 12:28:25 CST 1998
Mary Barkworth asked:
>someone knows of a faster seed, I would like to hear of it.
I could swear I've heard that some mistletoes fired their seeds tens of
meters, and that they were coated with a glue-like substance so they would
stick where they hit. That would imply a pretty high velocity. I doubt the
coiled-spring pods of legumes like Lathyrus generate quite 60 mph shots,
and definitely not pods like Oxalis or Impatiens. But I do wonder how one
goes about measuring the speed, exactly.
Doug Yanega Depto. de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas,
Univ. Fed. de Minas Gerais, Cx.P. 486, 30.161-970 Belo Horizonte, MG BRAZIL
phone: 031-449-2579, fax: 031-441-5481 (from U.S., prefix 011-55)
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