Seed Diversity Introduction
Seeds vary enormously in size, shape, and color. They're masterpieces of natural engineering, designed to ensure species survival through dispersal and germination.
Tiny, Yet Mighty Seeds
The orchid seed is among the smallest, resembling dust particles. Despite its size, it can grow into a spectacularly large plant, showcasing nature's incredible scalability.
Giant Seed Wonders
Contrasting orchid seeds, the Coco de Mer produces the largest seeds on Earth, reaching up to 18 kilograms. They're endemic to Seychelles, making them a geographic marvel.
Seeds that Travel
Some seeds, like the dandelion's, are equipped with parachutes for wind dispersal. Others, like the coconut, can float on water to colonize distant shores.
Certain seeds, like those of the Eucalyptus tree, require the heat from bushfires to crack open their shells, a remarkable adaptation to their fire-prone habitats.
Edible Seeds Nutrition
Quinoa and chia seeds are 'superfoods', packed with essential nutrients. They have been staple foods in various cultures long before the superfood trend.
Seeds in Symbiosis
The fascinating relationship between ants and seeds, known as myrmecochory, involves ants dispersing seeds in exchange for a nutritious seed coating, benefiting both parties.