Plants aren’t usually thought of as very fast moving – they stay in one place, almost completely still, occasionally drooping over if you forget to water them. In some cases, however, plants can be amazingly quick; grabbing hold of insects, shooting out their seeds or spinning their leaves round to get a suntan.
Next in our series on the world’s fastest plants is…
Squirting cucumber | Native to Europe, Africa and Asia
The squirting cucumber grows a small fruit, a couple of inches long, oval shaped and covered in little hairs. When ripe (or if stimulated), the fruit goes pop and forcibly squirts out a sticky substance containing its reproductive seeds. There’s something funny about this, but I’m not sure what it is.