Tumbleweeds caught on a fence

Tumbleweeds caught on a fence

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Caption: Tumbleweeds caught on a fence. This annual or biennial plant is common in steppe and prairie regions. It distributes its seeds over a large area using a form of wind dispersal. When mature, the whole shoot system (shown here) snaps off above the root, curls into a ball and is bowled along the ground by the wind, shedding its seeds as it goes.

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Keywords: botany, dispersal of seeds by wind, nature, plant, plants, tumbleweeds, wind dispersal

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