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Feb 8, 2015 10:48 AM CST
|Look at these cute fuzzy seeds of Ipomoea albivenia I recently harvested from my plant! |
Feb 8, 2015 1:16 PM CST
|I gave most of the seeds a haircut. I kept one shaggy for comparison purposes. Apparently, if you do not remove the fuzz and try to grow a seed, the fuzz creates an environment that encourages rotting bacteria.|
Feb 9, 2015 10:45 AM CST
|They look good Joseph, nice and plump...wonder why they are fuzzy in the first place |
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Feb 9, 2015 11:28 AM CST
|I've often wondered about that too - what evolutional pressure would create the hairs .. the I carnea's are hairy too. I wonder if it's a deterrent for birds and other animals or perhaps the increased mass helps the seed move away from the parent plant location.|
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Feb 9, 2015 3:31 PM CST
|Thanks, Ronnie and Anne. I learned from Ron Kushner the seed fluff catches the wind for dispersal. I agree about pondering evolutionary pressure for the traits.|
Feb 9, 2015 3:45 PM CST
|I was thinking today the fuzzy seeds look like the Tribbles from the old Star Trek TV show. Haha|