How are sycamore seeds dispersed?


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Sycamore seeds are mainly dispersed by wind. However, there are instances when they can also be dispersed with the aid of animals and water. Seed dispersal basically refers to movement of plant seeds from one point to another.

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In order for plants to start new colonies, they spread their seeds through a process called seed dispersal. Dispersal can take place through a number of ways including by the aid of animals, water, birds, wind and explosion.

Sycamore seeds are usually light in weight and have wing like features that enable them to easily get transported over long distances by wind. Some animals including squirrels, mallards, muskrats and beavers also feed on sycamore parts. In the process of feeding, they are able to carry some undigested seeds in their stomachs and deposit them elsewhere as they excrete.

Sycamore trees that have grown near streams or moving water bodies may drop their seeds on the moving streams allowing them to be carried from the parent plant to a different location. Once seeds are deposited in a new place, they are likely to start germinating and eventually growing if the conditions are right. Seed dispersal is an adaptation that plants use to repopulate and increase their numbers.

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