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Ceratocaryum argenteum

Plants have evolved many tactics to disperse their seeds, including using animals. One such example was revealed by Prof William Bond at FynArts. One of our most distinctive big restios, Ceratocaryum argenteum, has a large brown seed that looks and smells like antelope droppings. Dung beetles are fooled into rolling the “bokdrol” away and carefully burying it underground before they realise that the hard seed is unsuitable for laying their eggs. But by then the dung beetle has effectively dispersed and planted the seed. Photos courtesy of iSpot

C argenteum seed2