Californian poppies, pansies, other plants that manage to fling ripe seeds in all directions… presumably they only exist to engage the attention of bored ten year old boys in science lessons, right? WRONG. They are of course an incredibly sensible and legitimately impressive way to ensure the survival of their species (you can see the action movie tagline already can’t you?).
The daddy amongst these guys - the Con Air if you will - is the sandbox tree, which features exploding pumpkin-shaped seeds that omit a loud bang upon dispersal (said to sound like a hand grenade by many in the presumably excitement-starved world of botany).
According to some loser on IMDB, Transformers 2 had over 500 explosions. Imagine how many the entire world’s worth of sandbox trees have to their name? Don’t worry Michael Bay, I’m already writing the script.
Animal Dispersal: The enduring nightmare of the fig wasp life cycle
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