Maple Seed Hair
The "hair" of the maple seed is next to the seed itself, where it joins the wing. These hairs
are very sharp, stiff, and long. They are used as an "itching powder", a dermal irritant. Contact with these seed hairs
results in contact dermatitis.
Significance in the Environment:
Uphof, J.C. Th., Karl Hummel, and Karin Staesche, PLANT HAIRS, Gebruder Borntraeger, Berlin, 1962.