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Plants Are Sirens

The mother plant relies on animals to eat the seeds before they fall to the ground. The objective is to have their babies wind up some distance away from the mother plant, so that they don’t have to compete with it for sun, moisture, and nutrients. This increases the species’ chances of survival while also broadening its range. If the swallowed seed remains intact, it emerges from the animal along with a nice dollop of poop, to boost its chance of sprouting. (Location 242)

Squirrels are similar with accidentally planting trees by forgetting where they put a acorn in the ground. Plants are like sirens in the Odyssey, and their cardinal aim is to entice small woodland creatures with their siren song.

This is especially true for carnivorous plants!