MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
The Sandbox Tree, Hura Crepitans, has a trunk covered in thorns and its fruit explodes when ripe.
- The trees can grow to 60 meters (200 feet)
- They’re native to tropical regions of North and South America
- The fruit is a large capsule, and when it’s ripe it explodes and launches seeds at 70 meters per second (160 mph)
Mini BION Extras
- The sandbox tree isn’t the only plant that disperses seeds in this way
- It’s called explosive dehiscence
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.