I’ve been asked on more than one occasion, “What is a samara anyhow?” Well, I didn’t know what they were really called until my wife explained to me that those little twirling helicopters that litter your yard, pool, driveway, deck and gutters were called “samara’s.”
A samara is a simple dry fruit and indehiscent (not opening along a seam). The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds from the parent tree, and is thus a form of anemochory. – Wikipedia
About three years ago, while taking our dog Bella for an early morning walk in the Spring, I was searching for a name for my new drone service company when we were invaded by a swarm of these “samaras” falling from a nearby Maple tree. The spinning helicopters set off a lightbulb in my head and thought “those things remind me of a little quadcopter!” I gathered up a half dozen or so and brought them home, scanned them into my computer and played around in Photoshop until I came up with a four winged logo that resembled, at least to me anyway, a quadcopter, or four motored drone.
A samara is sometimes called a key and is often referred to as a wingnut, helicopter or whirlybird, whirligig, polynose, or, in the north of England, a spinning jenny. During the autumn months, they are a popular source of amusement for children who enjoy tossing them in the air and watching them spin to the ground.
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