Ballistics of Dwarf Mistletoe Seeds

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Science  28 Aug 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3374, pp. 504
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3374.504

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The explosive fruit of Arceuthobium expels the seed for several feet, but the ballistics of seed flight has not been previously investigated. The data reported here for A. vaginatum f. cryptopodum indicate that the seeds have an initial velocity of about 1370 cm/sec and an initial acceleration of nearly 5000g.