Celandine (Chelidonium majus) seeds

Celandine (Chelidonium majus) seeds

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Caption: Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) seeds. Close-up of seeds from the Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) plant, showing elaiosomes (white). Elaiosomes are rich in lipids (fats) and proteins and are used to attract ants. The ants take the seed to their nest and feed the elaiosome to their larvae. After the larvae have consumed the elaiosome, the ants take the seed to their waste disposal area, which is rich in nutrients, where the seeds germinate. This type of seed dispersal is termed myrmecochory.

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