The seeds of dandelions are efficiently dispersed on the wind thanks to tiny discs of radiating threads that act as parachutes.


“The dandelion provides its seeds with a slightly more complex flying apparatus, a tiny disc of radiating threads that form, in effect, a parachute. A dandelion presents these seeds to the wind hoisted on the top of a stem and arranged as a fragile elegant globe.” (Attenborough 1995:16)

The Private Life of PlantsOctober 25, 2016
David Attenborough

Woolbearing DandelionTaraxacumSpecies