Let's learn about helicopter seeds
Hello. In this tutorial, we will be learning about some of our flying tree seeds. Or, more specifically, we will be looking at our helicopter-type flying tree seeds. Are you ready? Let’s get started!
Which trees do helicopter seeds come from?
There are a variety of trees with samaras, but here in British Isles, we have three main helicopter-producing trees. These are field maple, Norway maple and sycamore. They might look the same, but identifying them is really easy. Here is how to tell them apart:
What are helicopter seeds?
Have you ever asked yourself, what are helicopter seeds and why do they have wings?
Well, there are two types of flying seed – parachute seeds and winged seeds. Helicopter seeds are winged seeds. Their wings are single, stiff, flat membranes, which are attached to the actual ‘seed’ bit and designed to help the seed catch the wind as it falls from the tree and fly away. Theis helps it move away from its parent tree so it is not competing for food, water and sunlight.
The reason they are called helicopters is because of the way they spin as they fall from the tree. But, they have other names too, including spinning jennies, whirligigs and whirlibirds. But their proper name is a samara.
Well… there we go! A brief introduction to helicopter seeds and how to identify our three most common bi-wing samaras. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial? Let me know in the comments. Happy nature walking and see you soon!
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