8a. Fetid Adder’s Tongue

In order to spread its seed far and wide, the Fetid Adder’s Tongue, or Slinkpod (Scoliopus bigelovii) grows its seed pods on long, thin stalks. As they grow larger, the stalks bend away from the plant and touch the ground. Each has a packet of nutrients that attracts ants and other insects, which help carry the seeds even further.

 

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Taken on February 18, 2009