Milkweed pod releasing seeds with comas
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Botanical Nerd Word: Coma

Coma: 1) A tuft of hairs, especially on the tip of a seed; 2) the tuft of bracts on a pineapple; 3) the head of a tree*

The seeds of this Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) each have a silky coma to help them travel on the wind.

*Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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