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Ballochory

The sunday challenge = weeds
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Cardamine hirsuta, commonly called hairy bittercress (klein springkruid, kleine veldkers/ cardamine hérissée / behaartes Schaumkraut) is edible as a salad green.

It is common in moist areas around the world.

When the fruit is ripe the valves on the siliquae will coil tightly from the bottom to the top after being touched and burst explosively, sending the seeds flying far from the parent plant.
This seed dispersal strategy is referred to as ballochory.
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17 comments

Amelia said:

This unobtrusive weed grows everywhere in my cultivated garden borders. As you say, it has a very effective method of seed dispersal.
2 months ago

Jan said:

Nice image and informative. I don’t know this one but sure it’ll crop up when I least expect it. Looks quite sturdy
2 months ago

Wierd Folkersma said:

mooi plaatje Luc
2 months ago ( translate )

Diederik Santema said:

Leuk gedaan met de verticale rits en diagonale strpen van de plant en de jas.
2 months ago ( translate )

PhLB - Luc Boonen replied to Diederik Santema:

merci!
2 months ago ( translate )

Clickity Click said:

What an interesting weed Luc, one that I am not familiar with. As Diederik pointed out, great effect with the diagonal and vertical lines of plant, jacket and zipper. Well done. :)
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2 months ago

Xata said:

So a good one. It does not grow here but in North Peninsula they have it and eat it. Coomon name here "Agrião-dos-prados", meaning "Meadow cress".
2 months ago

fragglerocks said:

Not one I've noticed, will keep an eye out.
2 months ago ( translate )

Esther said:

I like your take on the challenge.
2 months ago

Gillian Everett said:

Interesting presentation
2 months ago ( translate )

Jean Pierre Marcello… said:

J’ai lu que des traditions populaires lui accordait des propriétés maléfiques. En Allemagne on prétendait que cueillir un bouquet de cardamine attirait la foudre alors qu’en Angleterre cela provoquait des maux de tête.
Beau commentaire précis. On reconnaît la formation scientifique. Excellent.
2 months ago ( translate )

PhLB - Luc Boonen replied to Jean Pierre Marcello…:

:-)
2 months ago ( translate )

Amazingstoker said:

An attractive image, and nice composition . . .
2 months ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

Wonderful image
2 months ago ( translate )

PhLB - Luc Boonen said:

thank you all for your comments
2 months ago