User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 9 to 13 of 13

Thread: Acacia melanoxylon seeds: completely free. Grow your own surfboard

  1. #9
    theplantman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Athens, GA
    Posts
    973
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RandyS View Post
    I grabbed a few more seeds, about 70. So I'll just send some to whomever is interested, probably 20-25 each.

    Kevin, I'll send you some. Any idea what the purpose of the brightly colored elaiosome, which contrasts so nicely with the color of the seed? Food for ants? Birds? I just looked it up and apparently it's to provide food for ants to disperse the seeds. I don't know if they bury them or anything. I wonder what our non-native Argentine ants do?
    Hey Randy,

    Let me know if you need my address again. Thanks very much!

    And as for elaiosomes, the vast majority are for ants. Different Acacia species, in particular, have evolved symbiotic relationships with ants. Most of them aren't dispersed by them, however, so it's quite interesting to see one with such a highly evolved elaiosome. It's more common for them to provide domatia (as in Bullhorn Acacia).
    Last edited by theplantman; 06-23-2015 at 02:02 PM.

  2. #10
    Sashoke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Tennessee, zone 6B.
    Posts
    826
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I find those seeds/seedpods to be very unsettling
    ~Burgeoning connoisseur of all things ventricosa or otherwise tubby.~

  3. #11

    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    San Carlos, CA
    Posts
    337
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sashoke View Post
    I find those seeds/seedpods to be very unsettling
    Perhaps it's in part the pairing of orange and black: Halloween, Princeton, SF Giants...

  4. #12
    Sashoke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Tennessee, zone 6B.
    Posts
    826
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RandyS View Post
    Perhaps it's in part the pairing of orange and black: Halloween, Princeton, SF Giants...
    I believe its due to trypophobia.
    ~Burgeoning connoisseur of all things ventricosa or otherwise tubby.~

  5. #13

    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    San Carlos, CA
    Posts
    337
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sashoke View Post
    I believe its due to trypophobia.
    Interesting. I had never heard that term and had to look it up. If anything, to me it looks like the seeds have little umbilical cords attached to them.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •