Buttonwood Sycamore Tree Seed

I found some little hairy seeds on the ground today, and I decided to see what the hairs look like up close.

According the “Seed Dispersal” book I found in Project Gutenburg, the seeds are from a Buttonwood Sycamore Tree.  Here is the identification image from the book:

Buttonwood Sycamore Seed, from Seed Dispersal, by William J. Beal (found in Project Gutenburg). The seeds form in a puffball fruit, that when is ready sends the seeds flying all over. The hairs around the seeds help the seeds to travel further by wind dispersal.
Here is a picture of the seeds that I found.

Now lets take a closer look:



The microstructures of the seed’s hairs remind me a little bit of bamboo.

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