The Trebuchet Plant! – Creation Minute 3

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The Trebuchet Plant!

The remarkable Bunchberry Dogwood plant currently holds the record as world’s fastest plant!

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This explosively quick pollinator owes its speed to a built-in trebuchet! A what you ask!?

A complex catapult like the ones used to launch large objects in the Middle Ages.

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The North-American Bunchberry stands only one-tenth of an inch tall, so it needs to send its pollen up and out!

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To catapult its pollen, bunchberry flower petals open, each petal is separated and flipped backwards, almost instantaneously (in less than half a millisecond) the stamen unfurls, catapulting pollen into the air, sending it off to pollinate other bunchberries.

Exploding bunchberry dogwood

This causes the pollen to be subjected to 2,400 times the force of gravity!

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Building this plant trebuchet took careful planning and complex design, testifying to the creative designer, God who created all things. Did you know that this Designer is Jesus Christ?

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: Colossians 1:16

How vast is the sea of God’s design that surrounds us!

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Psalm 48:1

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Vett & Bruce Malone

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship with God Radio program by Tom Cantor

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