Exploding Seeds

The riotous color of the Indian Touch me not (Himalayan Balsam) has calmed down and there are seed pods on the tops of each plant.  I stopped to look at their curious shape and was startled when, with very little pressure, the seed pod exploded open and severed itself from the plant.  It’s a powerful method of distributing its seeds, particularly since one pod can cause others to explode as well.  Here’s a slow-motion video; I can just imagine what an animal might feel like with this happening in its beak or mouth!

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