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- n. The dispersal of seeds, spores, or fruit by ants.
Other evolutionary phenomena of interest in fynbos and renosterveld ecosystems include plant adaptations to fire and the widespread occurrence of myrmecochory.
Giladi I (2006) Choosing benefits or partners: a review of the evidence for the evolution of myrmecochory.
I did some reading on them and found out that the seeds of the blood root are spread around by ants, a process called myrmecochory.
Four other characteristics of global scientific interest are the responses of the plants of the region to 1) fire, 2) seed dispersal by ants and termites (myrmecochory), 3) the high level (83%) of plant pollination by insects, mainly beetles and flies and 4) its Gondwanaland floristic relicts which allow the reconstruction of very ancient floral communities.
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