clever mistletoe

賢いヤドリギ

9 November 1964, USA
Christmas / Mistletoe

One of the Christmas symbols – to kiss under the mistletoe. And mistletoe is a parasitic plant on larger trees. They have a really great strategy to keep their next generation’s seed landing on a tree branch, rather than on the ground below – birds are involved. Have a look at this video, if you want to know why Mistletoe birds are dancing on twigs.

After Christmas, you might bring a bunch out for your local birds to spread them? Mistletoe is a sign of the re-growing biodiversity in your area.

ヤドリギはその名のとおり、大きな木に寄生してそこから水分や栄養をもらって生きる植物です。そして、次世代を増やすには種を木の下の地面ではなく、どこかの木の枝に乗せる必要がある。それには鳥が一役かっていて、それは相当かしこい戦略なのです。このビデオを観ると、どうしてヤドリギの近くでは鳥がダンスを踊ることになるのかが分かります。

ヤドリギは、生物多様性を計る目印なのだそうです。クリスマスのあと、飾ったヤドリギの枝を外に吊るして、鳥に近くの木まで種を運んでもらうのはどうでしょう?

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