One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The migrant bird Tersina viridis utilizes arillate seeds of the Asian tree Michelia champaca.’
- ‘It was not possible to compare the removal and predation rates between arillate and non-arillate seeds due to the fast removal of the aril by invertebrates such as harvestmen, grasshoppers and especially ants.’
- ‘In an arillate fruit, the aril is a fleshy outgrowth of the seed's own outer covering.’
- ‘Experimental results with another bird-dispersed tree bearing arillate seeds, Clusia criuva, have further demonstrated that ant-induced seed movements can markedly affect seedling establishment in the Atlantic rainforest.’
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