Red Maple tree seeds, aka helicopters, whirlees or keys

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Red Maple tree seeds, aka helicopters, whirlees or keys

By Mary Ellen Ellis Flowering plants produce fruits after blooming, and the purpose of the fruits is to disperse seeds to grow new plants. Sometimes the fruits are tasty and eaten by animals, and this helps disperse seeds to new areas. Other plants use the power of wind to disperse the seeds in their fruits, and these include the samara producing trees. What is a Samara? A samara is just one type of many fruits produced by flowering plants. The samara is a dry fruit, as opposed to a fleshy fruit, like an apple or cherry. It is further categorized as a dry indehiscent fruit. This means that it does not split open to release the seed. Instead, the seed germinates inside of its casing and then breaks free of it as the plant grows. A samara is a dry indehiscent fruit with a casing or wall that extends to

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