Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday's learn and earn...


samara \SAM-uh-ruh\ ~ noun

DEFINITION: a dry indehiscent usually one-seeded winged fruit (as of an ash or elm tree)

EXAMPLES: Pairs of samaras grew along the maple tree's branches.

"The samara looks much like a tiny green round ravioli, or those dots of explosive caps for toy guns of the past. These are the fruit of the elm tree, with the seed forming a reddish bump in the middle." -- From an article by Marilyn Sallee, posted February 22nd, 2011, on the Native Plant Society of Texas web site

DID YOU KNOW? Not familiar with the term "samara" referring to the winged fruit of the elm, ash, maple, and sycamore, among other trees? Then how about "key," "whirlybird," "helicopter," "whirligig," or "spinning jenny"? Those nicknames are all excellent descriptors of a samara. A samara resembles a key and when it falls its unique shape enables it to spin like a helicopter's rotor and drift away from its tree. Botanists began using the term "samara" in the late 16th century. In Latin, it means literally "seed of the elm."


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  2. The sidewalk by my house and my front yard is full of samara. We like throwing them up and watching them float down. It's the simple things :)


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