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Q.How Do I Recognise Elaiosome ( Versus An Aril) On A Seed?

Zone 4217 Queensland Australia | silver harris added on January 17, 2022 | Answered

in Australia are there common plants that have seeds that are covered with elaiosome for the winnowing ants to feed on? on a scale i can see, or at least under a X100 microscope?

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Answered on January 17, 2022

Fortunately for you, it will not be necessary to do so. All you need to know is which species produce them. They must be attached to the seed for the ants to carry out the process, properly. They will, then, take the seed to the dispersal area once the elaiosome has been consumed.

It will be fleshy or fatty, however. Plants have developed this in order to reproduce by way of ant dispersal. Here is an article that will help:


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