Please identify this tree seed pod.........

round2itAugust 15, 2008

Can anyone help me identify the following deciduous tree seed pod? It came off of a tree the size of a mature walnut or oak tree. I was told by the locals that it is not indigenous to the area and at one time there were several of these trees lining the road. It is at least over 45 years old. I am stumped. Thank you.

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suseart(9a)

Could it be this one?

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    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 6:07PM
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lucky_p

Yep. That's it; Kentucky Coffeetree.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 8:12AM
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wisconsitom

May not have been indigenous to that very locale, but certainly indigenous to the state of Virginia.

+oM

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 2:00PM
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round2it

Thank you to those who have tried to help in identifying the tree this pod belongs to. I have found out it is a mahogany tree!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 7:19PM
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lucky_p

Not true mahogany.
It's Kentucky Coffeetree, G.dioicus - occasionally referred to by lesser-known monikers such as 'Kentucky mahogany', 'American mahogany', 'mahogany bean' tree. The wood of KCT has sometimes been passed off on unsuspecting buyers as mahogany.
Look inside - there will be several round hard-shelled seeds surrounded by green, gelatinous goo.
True mahogany is a tropical/subtropical tree, the seedpods are pear-shaped, and the seeds are winged.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2008 at 10:18AM
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