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Celandine seed pods

Celandine seed pods (Chelidonium majus (An Ceann Ruadh))

When you open these to collect seeds they emit an orange liquid - you can see drops of it here. This is an oil, or elaiosome, Many plants have elaiosomes to attract ants, which take the seed to their nest and feed the elaiosome to their larvae. After the larvae have consumed the elaiosome, the ants take the seed to their waste disposal area where the seeds germinate. (from Wikipedia)

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I had tons of this in a wild flower area a couple of gardens ago. They stain your skin orange when you're trying to pull them up. I tried to keep them to one area because they spread so rapidly.

21 Jun, 2008


It looks like a picture of an upside down, wicked looking white spider with bright orange eyes !

22 Jun, 2008


I am keeping them inn a far corner that I want to convert to wildflowers as it is pretty rough to cut grass around an old septic tank and a fallen tree there. The tree actually collapsed into the old tank and the top was removed, but the stump regrew into another smaller version, so they left it...
I do see your spider, Flcrazy! It's a sort of 'Tim Burton' creature !

22 Jun, 2008


It's interesting to have information like this : )

24 Jun, 2008


That's great Grammazoo... I was looking up trilliums and ants play a role in the seeding of them too... isn't nature amazing?

1 Jul, 2008

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