Samara (fruit)

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vine maple (Acer circinatum)
samara of Combretum zeyheri
Seeds of the tropical ash (Fraxinus uhdei)

A samara is an achene, a type of dry winged botanical fruit.[1] The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds from the parent tree:[2]

  • The seed can be in the centre of the wing, like the elms and the hoptree.[3][4]
  • The seed can be on one side, with the wing extending to the other side, making the seed self rotate it falls.[5]

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