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airborn seed pods

Jeff Shimonski tropica1 at ix.netcom.com
Sat Oct 14 10:51:01 EST 2000

Spathodea campanulata, the African Tulip tree is one good example.

"Monique Reed" <monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu> wrote in message
news:39E607F6.84268D7 at mail.bio.tamu.edu...
> I can think of several things that have airborne seeds, if not the
> pods.  Will that do?  Campsis (trumpet creeper) has winged seeds,
> Tillandsia (ball moss and Spanish moss) has seeds with parachutes, as
> does Typha (cat tail.)
> I've also seen some winged seeds of a tropical member of the
> Bignoniaceae--the fruit looks like a lady's powder compact.  It splits
> to reveal many very flat, 1-inch-diameter seeds.  Each seed has a
> papery wing all the way around so that the seed plus the wing is
> nearly 4 inches across.  Each one looks quite like a flattened paper
> candy cup such as one finds in chocolate boxes.
> M. REed
> jon double wrote:
> >
> > Does anyone know of any species of plant that have seed pods with
> > adaptions similar to the function of the sycamore or dandy-lion, that
> > enable them to travel distances airborn, or fall in a controlled manner?
> > I am ideally interested in larger exotic pods, but any help is
> > appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Jon.

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