Plant ID forum: Some sort of nut...?

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Superfly
Feb 4, 2018 12:05 PM CST
Hello friends. I found this pile of something in a wooded lot. Any ideas? Looks and feels like the shell of a nut
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ViburnumValley
Feb 4, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Those certainly are the external husks of a Hickory seed (Carya sp.).

Put four of them together to form the full surface. The cavity in each was where the shell of the nut was, which is now likely "squirreled" away somewhere for winter forage - or already in some critter's stomach.

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plantladylin
Feb 4, 2018 3:52 PM CST
I agree, the empty hull of Carya seed; may be a few types of Carya trees that grow in New Jersey but here are a couple of photos for comparison:

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Superfly
Feb 4, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Thank you so much!

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