Saturday, October 18, 2008

More Devil's Claw

As promised, here are some pictures of the claws as the fruit ripens. The green husk splits and turns brown. The husk peels off after the curly part splits open. The reasoning for this odd-looking fruit is seed dispersal....An animal steps into one and the hooks grab the leg - it is carried some distance before it is shaken or bitten off.

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