Saturday, April 3, 2010
S. H. replies: This is from a wikipedia article, not necessarily the most accurate source, but interesting anyhow. Bloodroot is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants, a process called myrmecochory. The seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants. The ants take the seeds to their nest, where they eat the elaiosomes, and put the seeds in their nest debris, where they are protected until they germinate. They also get the added bonus of growing in a medium made richer by the ant nest debris.
Posted by Dan Tallman at 6:36 PM