How exactly would Robinia pseudoacacia produce little Robinia pseudoacacia Jr.?

General Angiosperm Life CycleThis can occur thanks to the seeds and pollen the black locust produces. In spring and early summer, this organism produces whit and fragrant blossoms.  These blossoms on the black locust are pollinated by bees, one such example being the Bombus terarius.  Throughout the life cycle, the female and male parts of the plant release microspores and megaspores, resulting in the fertilization and then creation of a new individual.  This is displayed in more detail in the diagram to the left.
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Legumes on Black LocustAnother important thing to note is that  the in fall, Robinia pseudoacacia produce legumes, or pods, that contain seeds.  Throughout fall and winter, these pods split open, and the seeds are dispersed primarily by wind.  The photo to the right is a close up of these legumes.


Read on to the Interactions page to learn how the black locust gets along with other organisms.

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