The small-flowered touch-me-not, also known as small balsam, is spreading fast in the woods. It is thought to have arrived in the mid-19th century, perhaps with a shipment of Russian timber. A member of the busy lizzie family, its seeds, when ripe, are fired from the long, thin pods with some force; gently stroking a plant will result in a series of audible explosions. Small balsam is mostly pollinated by hoverflies but it can also self-pollinate.

via Melissa Harrison
Nature notes
The Times 30-8-21

August 30, 2021 at 6:35am

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