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Seed (pod) identification

Posted by dirtgently 5a (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 12, 10 at 12:29

Does anyone have a favourite site for identifying seed pods they've seen or collected?

So far, I've found this site at Ohio State and this site in the UK.

Reason I'm asking is I recently collected a couple of interesting-looking seed pods, but I have no idea what the plant is. I'd like to germinate them, but without knowing what they are I'm not sure what to do with them.

Or, going out on a limb, would anyone like to take a stab at identifying them?

Thanks!


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RE: Seed (pod) identification

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 12, 10 at 19:31

Dirt,
Those are the 2 best sites to use. If you haven't figured it out from them, I suggest posting here, on the Name That Plant Forum, and/or the Winter Sowing forum.
Remy


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RE: Seed (pod) identification

I use the one!

Here is a link that might be useful: seeds id


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RE: Seed (pod) identification

After some head scratching and site browsing, I haven't really been able to figure out what exactly I have from those sites, so I've attached some pictures of them below. Thank you for any help you can provide!

100-0590

100-0590

100-0590

100-0598


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RE: Seed (pod) identification

It's definitely a mallow of some kind, perhaps a zebrina or French hollyhock (search for Malva sylvestris) or a lavatera (not sure there is a common name). Did you grow either of those or recall seeing them where you collected the seed? Definitely a mallow.


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I second the mallow. I harvested lots of seeds from mine that look like the photo above as well as the pods having that lacy look to them. I didn't plant the one that grows here--it's been here since I moved in 5 years ago. I decided it was a perennial rather than a weed when it came up in the same spot year after year.


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RE: Seed (pod) identification

Thanks both of you. I collected it from a bushy plant in an empty lot in a residential area. It would make sense that it's a hollyhock as they seem to be popular in that neighbourhood if I remember correctly. Into the metaphorical ground they go! We'll see what comes up.


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