Plants aren’t usually thought of as very fast moving – they stay in one place (hence the lack of plant travel insurance), 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

Squirting cucumber
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.