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Exploding plants disperse their seeds with high pressure bursts

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Violets, poisonous squirting cucumbers, and touch-me-nots or Impatiens capensis (not to be confused with these touch-me-nots) have an effective way of dispersing their seeds: They burst! The forceful ejection sends the seeds flying as far away as possible from the original plant.

This exploding plants video, originally from the Smithsonian Channel, has some volitile slow motion footage.

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h/t Boing Boing

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