The exploding pods of the popping cress send the plant’s seeds flying in all directions, as far as a meter from the parent.
The unique fitness of nature for carbon-based life and intelligent beings of our biology is an empirical discovery.
Being terrestrial is one obvious requirement. No fully aquatic species could master fire and thus develop metallurgy.
Without lignin, there would be no woody plants, no wood, no coal, no charcoal, no fire, no pottery, and certainly no iron or metallurgy.