December 18, 2012

Oh plants, you are endlessly fascinating! So many of your gorgeous morphological features, seemingly designed for simple human enjoyment, are actually genius studies in pollination. Take cup- or funnel-shaped flowers. Pretty, yes, but each little flower is so much more! Called “splash-cup” plants, raindrops fall into these flowers and then, using the velocity of the splashes, strew their seeds far and near. But wait, there’s more! Not only is this science that is fun to watch, it’s also science that serves a purpose, including possibly harnessing rain’s kinetic energy as electricity, helping manufacturers make more efficient ink jet printers, and possibly even helping in the science of crime scene forensics. Yep, this proves it, plants, you’re the best! ~AR

(via Flowers use raindrops to launch seeds - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News)

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