The Smithsonian has some amazing footage here on the explosive mechanism many plants including violets, touch-me-nots, and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in commonuse to disperse their seed.
As you’ll see from the comments on the YouTube page, the ridiculous soundtrack of exploding firecrackers and gunshots hasn’t been very well received, but the images make up for it.
Originally published by Cosmos as Slow motion close-ups of plants exploding
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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