Green living things can’t move to one another like animals do to make more of themselves. So, they use smaller animals to help them. Green living things have cups at the end of their stick-like bodies, and these cups have colors and smells that make small animals want to come to them. A green living thing puts some special stuff that sticks to things at the end of long tiny sticks in the middle of the cups. This special stuff is important to make more of the green living thing.
Now, small animals come and eat some sweet water in the cup and the special stuff sticks to the small animal. When the animal moves to the next cup to drink more, it takes some of the stuff with it. At the next cup there are flat things that touch the special stuff sticking to the small animal. Then, in the second cup a tiny part moves in together with the special stuff. This makes a little round box out of which a new green living thing can grow in the next year.
Can you guess what we are describing?
*In which we use Randall Munroe’s ‘simple writer‘ to explain plant-and-pipette topics. Can you guess what they are?
Monroe’s ‘simple writer’ limits language use to only the 10 hundred most common words in the English language. So the word ‘chloroplast’ is out. But so is ‘duck’, ‘cuddle’, and ‘explosion’.
We’ve tried to define a plant and pipette related word using only these common words. Can you tell what we’re talking about? The solution is shown at the bottom.