Back to seeds, and just a few here from the last published seed gallery.
Many of the species of Papaveraceae family present seeds with elaiosomes, a well-known adaptation to ant dispersal (myrmechory). In the general term ‘elaiosomes’ are included various seed appendages rich in lipids (with oleic acid as the main component), amino acids, carbohydrates and vitamins.
These appendages are often very beautiful and interesting. Problem is, you have to be fast in admiration because few days after dispersal/collecting (whichever comes first ;-) they will ‘shrink’ or simply ‘disappear’. This applies as well for the seeds which are kept in moist storage for later sowing/sales (keeping these species as dry seeds is strongly NOT recommended).
Stylophorum diphyllum, one of my favourites, with ‘mohawk-style’ elaiosomes (insert with seeds in moist storage).
Stylophorum lasiocarpum – with a different ‘hair’ style.
Corydalis solida – displays ‘leaf shaped’ elaiosomes.
Dicentra cucullaria – a hard one to catch and the elaiosomes fade very fast.
And, I cannot forget the Sanguinaria: ‘little snails’ trying to get away :)
More on the Papaveraceae seed gallery.