“Seeds disappear into the distance like rockets”, is a well fit quote for Botany Oddity that was made by a Smithsonian Channel video on Youtube. Once ripe, the Squirting Cucumber, or Ecballium elaterium, has built up a high internal pressure in its fruit. After the plant is disturbed, the fruit releases the built up pressure with a rocket-like propulsion. Instead of blasting out flames and exhaust, seeds and a slimy liquid squirt out of the stem hole to colonize nearby soil. Although cucumber is in the name, don’t eat the fruit. Along with other ill effects, one major consequence of ingestion of the fruit includes death.
: "Smithsonian Channel - Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants." YouTube. June 11, 2015. Accessed May 09, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsIojj4PzAo.
: Grant, Amy. "Squirting Cucumber Plants: What Are Squirting Cucumbers And Where Do They Grow." Gardening Know How. September 15, 2015. Accessed May 09, 2016. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/squirting-cucumber/squirting-cucumber-information.htm.
: Rich, L. A. "Ecballium Elaterium." Plants for a Future. Accessed May 09, 2016. http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ecballium+elaterium.