Describe the various ways by which seeds are dispersed?

Dispersal of seeds is the spreading of seeds across places. This dispersion of seed can take place by the following means:

  • Water – it takes place in aquatic plants and plants growing near water bodies, here seeds are dispersed through water. These seeds tend to develop a fibrous or spongy coating. The seeds float away from the parent plant.  Example – coconut
  • Wind – Some light-weighted seeds tend to float in the air and hence are dispersed by wind. Some seeds have long, feathery tails which help them to fly, like the tail of a kite. Example – Maple
  • Animal – Seeds that are dispersed by animals have spines which help them attach to the animal bodies, hence carried to distant places. Example – urena

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