dehisce

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burst or split open

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Yellow scutella will disperse but, based on mechanical manipulation with a pencil, require more force to dehisce than brown scutella.
Once the scutella are yellow or brown, they may dehisce.
The Dalechampia stipulacea dry fruit dehisces by a split between the carpels, isolating a carpophore and three cocca, and later each carpel or coccum opens up for a split along the dorsal region.
The fruit dehisces apically to release several winged seeds.
Some of the capsular fruits open completely to shed the seeds, sometimes with individual seeds adhering to the valves as they shed; others remain attached to the twig and dehisce their seeds as the fruit is shaken by the wind.
This species is unique in the genus in having a husk that dehisces at maturity, permitting the nut to fall free.