Strange Plant with Explosive Seed Pods

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Hi All,
Came across a strange plant about 4' tall, with very small yellow flowers. If a branch is disturbed by shaking or hitting, seeds are explosively shot-out in all directions with quite a bit of force, giving brief sizzling sound. Has anyone seen a plant like this or know anything about this weird plant, I would like to hear about it. Thanks,
C.W.
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Casino Wolf wrote:

Sounds like it might be witch hazel.
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Are the seed pods ribbed?

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Caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris)
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Sounds like Witch Hazel to me too. According to wikipedia: "The fruit is a two-part capsule 1 cm long, containing a single 5 mm glossy black seed in each of the two parts; the capsule splits explosively at maturity in the autumn about 8 months after flowering, ejecting the seeds with sufficient force to fly for distances of up to 10 m, thus another alternative name "Snapping Hazel". "
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On 8/23/07 11:45 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@x40g2000prg.googlegroups.com, "Casino Wolf"

Jewelweed maybe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewelweed
(to the other posters, when some one says witch hazel, I think of the tree or possibly the skin remedy)
C
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On Thu, 23 Aug 2007 20:45:06 -0700, Casino Wolf

I'd need a much better description of this plant to tell, but there are literally thousands of plants which burst their seeds out. The reason is so the seeds don't fall immediately under the plant and giving it a good condition to grow outside the shade of the mother plant. In my garden I can think of a few plants which do this:
flowering senna impatiens Pride of Barbados
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snipped-for-privacy@sakajawa.org wrote in wrote:

missed the OP, but from the vague description it might be jewelweed... which is in the impatiens family. it prefers moist soil but will grow where is dry. the flowers are orange to yellow (although i had a pink sport in the bog last summer... i should go see if it bred true), with the 'tail' like garden impatiens. lee
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On Aug 24, 5:53 am, snipped-for-privacy@sakajawa.org wrote:

Hi All,
Thanks for all the replies. I checked Google Images...turns out to be Impatiens parviflora. The seed are edible and can be baked on bread - that is, if one can collect them.
C.W.
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On Fri, 24 Aug 2007 20:38:58 -0700, Casino Wolf

I figured it was some sort of impatiens. You can tie a paper bag onto a stem which has many pods still in the green state and you will be able to capture the seeds when the pods ripen.
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snipped-for-privacy@sakajawa.org wrote in wrote:

Balsam, too.
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On Sun, 26 Aug 2007 23:10:42 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior

Same family as impatiens
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snipped-for-privacy@sakajawa.org wrote in wrote:

No shit. Did you change your email? I thought I had you bozo binned.
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2007 16:07:54 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
No, I didn't. Thanks for asking and fuck you very much too.
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snipped-for-privacy@sakadawa.org wrote in wrote:

Is that a Buddhist saying? <smirk>
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On Mon, 27 Aug 2007 20:24:45 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior

Yes. I what you said something a nice person would say? I didn't think so. Which is why I reflected you back to you. Whatever you see, do or hear is a reflection of you. What I say and do is a reflection of me. That's funny how that works. In the end, people who throw shit in other people's faces regarding their religion really have nothing to stand on so they use that. Or give it a good try anyway. Please, by all means, put me in the filter. Stop acting the same way you always do and expect different results. That's the mind of a mentally ill person.
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snipped-for-privacy@sakajawa.org wrote in wrote:

binned.
What?
Oh, so let's see... Buddha said, "Only be nice to people who are nice to you"? I don't think so. Better try again.

Again, not a Buddha concept. Try again.

Another concept that Buddha would weep over.

Now you're getting it. No one can make you say or do anything that isn't normally in your character to do. Thanks for admitting your fuckwittery.

Oh, something is funny, all right, but it's the intolerant, self- righteous, sharp-tongued know-it-all who's hiding behind the kindness and light of the Buddha.

More Buddha philosophy, eh? What a joke you are. Buddha weeps for you.
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Buddha weeps for us all who are lost in this world of duality. Sometimes I make sense sometimes I am an idiot. Depends on the moon or something. Shit coming in offers the ability to let it pass and fertilize latter. My garden would not exist without shit.
Shit happens comes to this demented guy.
Bill
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(Historical note) Not the first time jangchub and FragileWarrior have met. Last time jangchub was not so philosophical or sensitive but was rather conceited and condescending, without apparent reason. This is at least the third time jangchub has changed her email address and escaped the kill files.
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We don't need the historical notes (especially those of us who actually have been here since history began on rec.gardens). People have snits here, and everyone sooner or later can be unkind, churlish, whatever. V has had her moments, so have I, and for that matter in your short history here, so have you. The point is we should try to be nice, and we shouldn't add fuel to fires, especially those we have nothing to do with.
V is a knowledgable gardener with much information to pass along, she's got some strong opinions that can get rather contentious, true. I doubt she's trying in any shape or form to get around filters, life is too short to bother with that. If you don't want to read her then adjust your filters and get on with it.
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