Orchids have minute, dustlike seeds. In this respect, Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain), the 2016 VNPS Wildflower of the Year, is a typical orchid. Like all other orchids, Goodyera seeds contain little more than a few embryonic cells enclosed in a thin seed coat. There are two advantages to small seed size in orchids: minute seeds can be produced in prodigious quantities, and they can disperse over great distances by wind.
Copyright © 2016 Virginia Native Plant Society. This article was first published in Sempervirens (Spring 2016), 6-7.
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Hayden, W. John. "Seed Dispersal: A Tale of Two Species." Sempervirens, Spring 2016, 6-7.
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