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2005-05-11 18:17:24

PARIS (AFP) -- A tiny Canadian shrub is the quickest-moving thing in the plant world, using a catapult mechanism to eject its pollen at a speed hundreds of times faster than a launched rocket, scientists have found. The plant, bunchberry dogwood (Cornus canadensis), grows in thick carpets in the vast swampy, spruce-fir forests of the North American taiga. Growing to a height of only 20 centimetres (eight inches), the bunchberry needs the explosive push to get its pollen into the forest...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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