Catapulting pollen

March 1, 2018

Callin Switzer

Catapulting pollen

Supported by a Sinnott Award, Callin Switzer with colleagues Robin Hopkins and Stacy Combes examined the unique method of pollination in mountain laurel. With the anther filaments acting as catapults, the pollen reaches speeds of 8 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest moving plants in the world! Abstract » Harvard Gazette »

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  1. Thank you for the link to the article. Yet another reason to savor the wonder of the mountain laurels when we hike the many trails in Connecticut!

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