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Botanical Wednesday: Bird poop onna stick

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  2. #2 Barb
    Canada
    December 11, 2014

    Its seeds are spread by the Mistle Thrush, birds that eat the plant’s fruit and then poop it out (handily, often on twigs). It’s a pretty common strategy in the plant world, as the seed coat is broken down a bit during digestion, which prepares it to sprout (helped along by the handy bit of fertilizer it is sitting in). Seeds found in any kind of berry generally require a trip through a bird’s digestive tract in order to germinate. Just another way that plants rule the world!

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