The Weirdest (And Most Violent) Ways That Plants Release Their Seeds

We all know the animal kingdom is incredibly violent — but what about plants? The world of plant life can be just as intense and violent, in its own way. Just check out these eye-popping videos, vines and other illustrations of plants spreading their seeds in an explosive, insane fashion.

Violets

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Touch-me-nots

Pilobolus, a genus of fungi launching its sporangium with an extremely large acceleration: 0 to 12.5 mph (0 to 20 kmh) in 2 µs (over 20,000 G, equivalent to a human being launched at 100 times the speed of sound)

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Albizzias

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Squirting cucumbers

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Samara, a type of fruit which enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds, on sycamore trees, elms, maples, bushwillows and ashes, among others

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A cedar tree releasing pollen when shaken

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