|MadSci Network: Botany|
What are the current theories regarding the relationship between the morphology (shape, etc) of the spiky fruit from the sweet gum tree and any proposed reproductive advangages ? Apparently, the spiky fruit hold winged seeds. Why does the tree bother making spikey fruit when a simple winged seed design would do ? And I don't buy the argument that the fruit "sticks" to the fur of animals. Your thoughts ?
Re: Sweet Gum Tree Fruit - Why Bother ?
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