Seeds with wings have fascinated me since I was a kid. How amazing is nature if it can provide a SEED with WINGS so that it can get as far away from it’s MOTHER TREE to give it a better chance of growing into a healthy adult. And the wings look so incredibly aerodynamic, kind of like car parts from a snazzy german designer. I am not sure what tree these particular seeds came from, but it turns out there are lots of trees around the world that have winged seeds.
The wings serve to keep the seeds afloat in the air longer, and if there is a breeze it can help propel the seed several meters away from the mother tree. I used to, and still do, collect these winged seeds when they appear (usually while driving through country roads) and take several home to play with…
Some close-up shots of the winged seeds, cool, no?
Now if only I can figure out how to get my drone to carry a few of these seeds and drop them like “bombs” from two or three stories above the ground… :)