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Updated by Diego Perez Del Angel on Jan 29, 2021
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Top 10 Edible Plants that are pollinated by the wind.

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Wheat

Wheat

Scientific Name: Triticum aestivum
This is one of the most common plants to be wind based. As such, most of the plants shown will have the same structure as lacking color, odor, nectar, or petals.
They belong to a group of plants called cereal grains, edible seeds that can be massed produced and be turn into other grains such as bread quickly than other plants.

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Rice

Rice

Scientific Name: Oryza Sativa
Same with the design as the others, they don't need to invest in anything that attracts pollinators and instead produce large quantities of light smooth pollen.

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Corn

Corn

Scientific Names: Zea mays
The anatomy of the flowers of certain cereal grains is that the stamen, a male part of a flower, and stigma, the sticky pad to collect the pollen, are exposed to the air. Not just the pollen are lighter and dry that can be easily carried from the air, the stigma is featherier to catch pollen easily. Like other flowers, the pollen will fall down to the pollen tube in the style and fertilize the ovules which is located inside the ovary in the pistil.

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Rye

Rye

Scientific Name: Secale Cereale
Again, edible and we can tell that most of the flowers lack any petals.

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Barley

Barley

Scientific Name: Hordeum Vulgare
A pollinator can visit them to collect pollen, but most of them are ineffective collectors and exert little natural selection to the flowers...

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Oats

Oats

Scientific Name: Avena Sativa
Because they can produce enormous amount of pollen, they may be allergens, but seldomly are animal-pollinated plants allergenic.

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Onion

Onion

Scientific Name: Allium Cepa
This one is interesting because it is not a cereal grain, yet it is a wind pollinator. When they have a chance, they can bolt (spend energy to flower) and spread out it's pollen to the flowers by the wind.

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Pine Nut

Pine Nut

Scientific Name: Pinus Edulis
One of the species of pine who pollinate in the wind. These seeds are used in salads and additions to pesto sauce, and they are high in fat.

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Pistachios

Pistachios

Scientific Name: Pistacia Vera
An edible nut that pollinates via the wind.

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Pecans

Pecans

Scientific Name: Carya Illinoinensis
Same as the others, it is edible and is pollinated via the wind.

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Works Cited

Wind Pollination, seeds.ca/pollinator/bestpractices/wind_pollination.html#:~:text=Many of the world's most,species cultivated for nut production.
“Types of Grains.” Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council, www.glnc.org.au/grains/types-of-grains/.
“U.S. Forest Service.” Forest Service Shield, www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/wind.shtml.