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Cattail Seed Head Blowing 1996

A thousandth of a second is how I set my shutter speed to record this seed head of a cattail, Typha domingensis, blowing in the breeze at the Arbor Walk Pond on December 29, 2014.

According to an online article, a single cattail stalk can produce a quarter of a million seeds. Such a large number implies that the seeds are tiny, and they turn out to be only about 0.2 mm, or 8 thousandths of an inch, long (not counting the attached fluff, of course).

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 20, 2015 at 5:42 AM

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