dispersal

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A tiny, inedible berry with long-lasting iridescence has been awarded the superlative title of Brightest Living Thing on Earth.
While most plants disperse seeds far away, some have evolved a mechanism to keep them close and better ensure their survival. These geocarpic species actually deposit their own fruits in the soil. Last year, a botanist in rural Brazil named a newly discovered species Spigelia genuflexa, after its tendency to bow towards the ground, burying its seeds.