Brazilian plant buries its own seeds

A plant that buries its own seeds has been discovered in the Atlantic forest of Bahia, Brazil.

After fruits are formed, the plant’s branches bend down, depositing the fruit on the ground and sometimes burying them in a soft cover of moss. This process facilitates the propagation of the seed by ensuring that it ends up as close to the mother plant as possible.

“It is very easy to think we have found and described most plant species of the world already, but this discovery shows that there are so much left out there without name and recognition,” Rutgers botanist Lena Struwe said.

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