Maple seeds

Maple seeds

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Caption: Maple seeds (Acer sp.). Maple seeds are attached to the tree in pairs. When they are pulled off the tree by a gust of wind the pair are also pulled apart. As the individual seeds fall they begin to spin around their centre of gravity, which is located in the nut (lump at the top of the seed). The spinning slows down the decent of the seed, allowing it to be carried further away from the tree.

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Keywords: acer sp., biological, biology, botanical, botany, flora, fruit, fruits, green background, helicopter-like, key, maple, nature, nut, nuts, pair, pairs, plant, reproduction, seed, seed dispersal, seeds, stem, stems, wind dispersal, winged

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