Burs stuck to a flannel shirt
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Botanical Nerd Word: Epizoochory

Epizoochory: The inadvertent dispersal of seeds on the outside of animals.

Dog owners are well aware of the dreaded burs that become entangled in their dog’s fur during a walk. Many plants have developed special adaptations, such as the tiny hooks on burs, which allow their seeds or fruits to hitch a ride in animal fur. Happily for these plants, the technique works just as well on human clothing!


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