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Functional adaptationJuice launches seeds: squirting cucumber
Squirting cucumbers launch and disperse seeds using hydraulic pressure.
"The little Mediterranean squirting cucumber, as it ripens, fills with a slimy juice. Eventually, the pressure within becomes so great that the cucumber bursts off its stalk and shoots through the air for as far as twenty feet. Behind it, streaming from the hole in its base like gases flaring behind a space rocket, comes a trail of slime and with it, seeds." (Attenborough 1995:15)
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