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A samara is an achene, a type of dry winged botanical fruit. The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds from the parent tree:

  • The seed can be in the centre of the wing, like the elms and the hoptree.
  • The seed can be on one side, with the wing extending to the other side, making the seed self rotate it falls.
  • Ralph Lorenz 2006. Spinning flight: dynamics of frisbees, boomerangs, samaras and skipping stones, , Copernicus New York. ISBN: 0-387-30779-6

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