Right now everything seems to have gone to seed and has done so with exceptional flare. The intricate detail in a single seedpod is a work of art.
Even the simple dandelion is a design masterpiece, not just in its fine delicate beauty but its ingenious mechanism for distribution … tiny, perfectly formed parachutes are lifted by the wind to a new location. And not just wind, hot weather generates updrafts, allowing seeds to rise higher and travel further!
Some seeds have structures that allow them to attach to the fur or feathers of passing animals, who then carry the seeds some distance away from the parent plant before they are deposited to the ground. Burdock, whose spherical fruits have numerous hairs with tiny hooked tips that stick to fur and also human clothing was the botanical model that inspired the invention of Velcro™, a sticky, synthetic fastening material that is now an integral part of life.
I think perhaps all the laws of aerodynamics, physics and engineering and so much more were there in nature before the mind of man deduced them ... we just need the eyes to see.
Many seeds actually require passage through the gut of an animal or bird before they will germinate. Harvester ants eat more small seeds than all the mammals and birds put together and are responsible for planting a third of all herbaceous growth.
The oldest viable seed to have grown into a plant was a date palm seed estimated to be 2,000 years old. It was discovered in 1963 when Herod the Great’s fortress of Masada near the Dead Sea was excavated. It was planted in 2005 and now Methuselah, as the plant is called, stands over 4ft high. Botanists believe the seed had managed to remain viable for so long because the Dead Sea area’s climate is exceptionally dry and stable.
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24