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Sycamore Seed, April, North York Moors, England

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Sycamore Seed
(Acer pseudoplatanus)

Sycamore is a prolific seeder once mature, and a single tree could easily colonise a wide area. First introduced to this country from Europe sometime around the 16th century, it quickly spread across western and southern Britain. Now it is often classed as a weed species and saplings are removed regularly from managed nature reserves. The winged seeds are ofen called helicopters. Once they have spun to the ground they lie in wait for warm spring days. This is when they germinate. A fresh root digs into the earth and lifts the seedcase up to catch the sun. It then acts as a heat sink, helping the new growth to develop.




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