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seed pod identification

Posted by drocloc AR (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 8, 08 at 21:57

Have not had success identifying this pod. It was found in a bird bath in NE Oklahoma two weeks ago. By shaking it seems to only have a single seed inside. I was not allowed to open. It is about 2" long. Any ideas?

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RE: seed pod identification

If not an alien seed pod, then maybe a magnolia tree seed pod.

RE: seed pod identification

Finder brought this back to me today, opened. Smooth inside "shell" with a mummyfied looking loose center. Did not have a camera to get photo. The attachment point is the ragged end.

RE: seed pod identification

  • Posted by carrieb 7 Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 12, 08 at 18:40

I'm thinking it looks like a cone. Any particular type of conifer(s) growing around there?

RE: seed pod identification

  • Posted by susanc Z9/Sunset 17 CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 13, 08 at 10:48

How it could have ended up in a birdbath in Oklahoma is a real mystery, but it sure looks like the dried fruit of a Raphia, raffia palm.

Here is a link that might be useful: Raphia taedigera - Dry fruit pic

RE: seed pod identification

Thanks susanc, that is the exact match. Now I can show the finder what produced it. No way this plant could survive exposed in our winters. Thanks again.

RE: seed pod identification

I think these are sold for use in flower arrangements; probably came from a discarded arrangement rather that a palm tree...


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