Seedpod ID needed please...

greenclaws UKzone8aSeptember 5, 2007

Hi, may be a long shot, but, has anyone out there any suggestions as to what this could be or where I can find out?? My sister obtained it with a collection of shells she purchased from a newspaper ad. The previous owner had no idea where it was from or what it is. The coin is our UK one penny, ie approx 2cms in diameter. The pod had opened and shed its seeds from an opening between the two long 'prongs' long before she had it so we have no idea what the individual seed was like.

Thanks in advance, Gill.

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greenclaws UKzone8a

'Tis OK folks, have answered my own question...found it simply by Googling 'SEED POD TWO LONG PRONGS' and have come up with the answer..its a seed pod of Devil's Claw/Proboscidea parviflora!!! Why I didn't think to do that first I shall never know, oh well! duh.

Here is a link that might be useful: Devils Claw pic

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 5:06PM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

If this is the same Devil's Claw I know, the whole seedpod is used in Namibia as a cure for backache! I have tried it and don't have any more backache, dont know what that proves! It was horribly bitter.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 8:24PM
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Hi Gill,
There are a few varieties. I'm growing them for the first time this year. The plant looks similar to a bushy squash variety but the flowers are very pretty almost orchid-like. I can slip a few seeds in an envelope if you'd like. I don't think there would be a problem getting them to you.
Karyn (from the plumie forum)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 9:31PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Hi there Karyn....will email you in a moment...thanks.
Never thought we would be able to find out what it was so quickly, the pod looks really weird. Pity it was empty when she found it with the shells she bought. Wouldn't like to eat it though even if I had back problems would you, prefer an aspirin personally!!??
Cheers, from Gill (and her sister!)

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 4:43AM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Hi Karyn, the seeds have safely arrived, many thanks, have emailed you .

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 7:22AM
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