This dainty species is often overlooked, in part due to its small stature, but most often because it can be concealed by larger and more obvious growth in the often shady regions it inhabits within the spring forest. The propogation of this species, as with many other plants, depends on ants, who assist through a process known as mermecochory, The Dicentra seeds have a fleshy organ that the ants eat. They discard the seeds in their nests where they are protected and germinate in the rich debris. I should have continued on with my original major in plant biology, as I find this type of thing most fascinating. The second chemistry course as an undergraduate took care of that, combined with a first psychology course that was behavioral and empirically based on scientific princiiples. The rest is personal history 44 years later and a still thriving career in behavioral science (but in moments like these, not without a tinge of regret).
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." Gary Snyder