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Name: SM Hurondixon
San Antonio Texas (Zone 9a)
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SM
Jul 11, 2016 4:10 PM CST
I live in San Antonio Texas, my grandmother had these plants that would grow pods that had black seeds inside. When you watered it the pods would pop and seeds would scatter. If you touched it also would pop. I don't know the name of the plant nor have I seen any since my youth.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 11, 2016 4:38 PM CST
Hi @SM Welcome to NGA.

There are a number of plants that use "exploding" seed dispersal. This link show a variety of seed pods, perhaps one will look familiar to you. I hope this is of help to you.

https://www.google.com/search?q=plants+with+exploding+seed+p...
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purpleinopp
Jul 12, 2016 3:51 PM CST
Explosive dehiscence is fairly common. It could have been Ruellia, Oxalis, Impatiens, or something else...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehiscence_(botany)#Explosive_...
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jmorth
Jul 12, 2016 4:47 PM CST
Orange Jewelweed (an impatiens) does that here. It's a wildflower. Usually found near water sources in forests or stands of trees.
Sometimes called 'Touch Me Nots'.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 12, 2016 6:51 PM CST
Impatiens balsamina , Balsam plants do also. That was my first experience with that form of dispersal. The flower's nickname is Touch Me Not.

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