Nature is full of surprises and delights. It often seems that there are countless fascinating wonders just waiting to be discovered. One such phenomenon is vivipary, which you may not have heard of before. However, fear not, as I am here to shed some light on this natural marvel.
In scientific terms, vivipary refers to the germination of seeds within fruits that have not yet ripened and are still attached to the mother plant. This process can appear strange and even eerie to those who are unfamiliar with it. Without prior knowledge, one may even mistake it for a disease or an anomaly. Yet, in reality, this is simply a natural occurrence. The germinating seed uses the fruit as a substrate, unaware that its behaviour is in some ways going against the norm.
Mini tree in a cone
Sunflower 2 in 1
The phenomenon is characteristic mainly of mangrove plants. However, as you know, nothing is impossible for nature. Viviparia can be found among fruit, cereal, berry and vegetable plants.
A new tree grows inside an apple
Corn seeds sprouted right on the cob
There can be many such seeds on one plant. Much less often one seed germinates.
A new flower suddenly appeared from an artichoke
Other small peppers were found inside the pepper
Cute pomegranate sprout
The emergence of new life. Although the fetus has not even had time to fall off
It seems that this pumpkin has been lying in the garden for too long.
In some cases, viviparia can be really repulsive. For example, it is almost impossible to look at a tomato or a strawberry without shuddering. However, there is nothing dangerous for a person in viviparia, fortunately.
Sprouted half-green mango
Strawberries in the process of seed germination look frankly frightening
Powerful sprout in a pumpkin
A little water, the plant is ready for incredible feats
Hundreds of poppy sprouts
Fruits with seedlings in mangle Rhizophora