Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
I have many favorite plants, but one that will always be high on the list for me was the subject of my college thesis: Twinleaf. It is botanical name is Jeffersonia diphylla, in honor of Thomas Jefferson. This small, charismatic plant is found on the forest floor throughout the eastern United States. The leaves are deeply lobed, giving the appearance of two twin leaves. Twinleaf produces a distinctive white flower in the spring, which develops into a somewhat strange cone shaped pod. When mature, the lid of the pod lifts up and the seeds inside it are dumped onto the forest floor. Each seed is equipped with a little tasty appendage called an elaiosome. Ants are attracted to the elaiosome and carry the seeds away from the plant, acting as dispersal agents.