Leading-Edge Vortices Elevate Lift of Autorotating Plant Seeds

@article{Lentink2009LeadingEdgeVE,
  title={Leading-Edge Vortices Elevate Lift of Autorotating Plant Seeds},
  author={D. Lentink and W. Dickson and J. V. van Leeuwen and M. Dickinson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={324},
  pages={1438 - 1440}
}
Helicopter Seed Lift The “helicopter” seeds of maple trees and other similar autorotating seeds detach from their parent tree under windy conditions and gyrate as they are dispersed by the wind. The reproductive success of the tree depends on the flight performance of its seeds. Autorotating seeds are known to generate high lift as they slowly descend through the air, but the means by which they do so is unclear. Lentink et al. (p. 1438, see the cover) have elucidated the aerodynamic mechanism… Expand
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