Seed pod

Seed pod

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Caption: Split seed pod on a weeping Schotia (Schotia brachypatela). The weeping Schotia is endemic to southern Africa, and is often found growing on collapsed termite mounds or near water. It gets its name from the copious amounts of nectar it produces to attract pollinating animals, which often overflows from the flowers, dripping to the ground. The weeping Schotia's seeds are encased in a woody pod that splits on the tree. The seeds have a distinctive yellow aril (fleshy covering) that attracts birds. The birds eat the seeds, which pass through them undigested, and disperse them with their faeces. Photographed in Mkhuzi, South Africa.

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Keywords: aril, biological, botanical, branch, case, dehiscence, dehiscent, edible, flora, nature, pod, reproduction, reproductive, seed, structure, tree fuchsia

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