Fastest Plant on Earth

The bunchberry dogwood shoots pollen into the air at an amazing speed.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 10, 2005

Move over, Venus flytrap. Now, there's something faster.

Using a high-speed camera, researchers have documented what may be the quickest-acting plant ever seen: the bunchberry dogwood slinging pollen into the air.

Bunchberry dogwood carpets forest floors in Canada and northern parts of the United States.

Bunchberry dogwood carpets forest floors in Canada and northern parts of the United States.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database/USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester, PA.

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