by Richard Cook
I hope you can help me or point me in the right direction I am working on a school project and I am looking for a seeds(flower) that are very durable - the seed would have to stand up to heat and travel through a animals digestive system. Any help would be great. Thank you Rich
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Okay, so what kind of animal are you thinking of?
Birds quite often eat berries, and transport the seeds long distances in their digestive system. In some cases, their digestive juices and scarification of the seed coat by the gravel in their crop is an essential part of the germination process.
Ruminants like cows, sheep and goats that have four stomachs pretty well digest any of the seeds, and this explains why their manure is preferred for gardening - no weed seeds make it through their digestive tract.
Horses are renowned for transporting weed seeds intact, to spread them wherever they go.
Without knowing more about what you're trying to achieve with your experiment I'm at a loss to suggest any kinds of flowers to you.