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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

In season: Seeds of fall are nature's small, perfect packages

A golden rain tree, above, is hung with shining lanterns come autumn. The papery pods break open as they dry, scattering the seeds within. At left, plants deploy an infinite variety of strategies and shapes to spread their seeds. They float, fly, fall, and finesse dispersal with fruit — or are built to cling.