Day 112: Samaras

“A samara is a type of dry fruit where one seed is surrounded by papery tissue that helps carry the seed away from the tree as the wind blows. The fruit does not split open, which means that it is indehiscent. They are often found in large groups on the tree. Not all samaras look alike. One familiar type of samara is the double-winged one found on maple trees (Acer spp.). Ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) produce a samara that features a single elongated wing. Elm trees (Ulmus spp.) produce samaras where the seed is located in the middle of a papery circle.” (To read more about samaras click here)

14 thoughts on “Day 112: Samaras

  1. As always a stunning shot Jackie. Love the info and it reminded me of the tree we have here, called Yellow Bells. They have bean like fruits and when they mature, the garden is full of those little seeds. Quite a nightmare when the wind blows them into the house. LOL!

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  2. Jackie you always teach me things, thank you. I never knew what they were called, and always called them helicopters too. And when I was a kid we would open up the ones from the maple trees and stick them on our noses. 🙂

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  3. They have lovely blush tones against the green, a great picture Jackie! They are very similar to the Sycamore fruit/seed, we used to call them helicopters as they spun off the trees 😉

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