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“Wild Bunchberry” by Sharon .
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This tiny wildflower is approximately one and a half inches in diameter. I found the information below very interesting...

Each flower has highly elastic petals that flip backward, releasing springy filaments that are cocked underneath the petals. The filaments snap upward flinging pollen out of containers hinged to the filaments. This motion takes place in less than half a millisecond and the pollen experiences 800 times the acceleration that the space shuttle does during liftoff. The Bunchberry has one of the fastest plant actions found so far requiring a camera capable of shooting 10,000 frames per second to catch the action (Edwards et al. 2005)

8/19/2010 ~ Category ~ Nature & Landscapes Editor

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