Plant ID forum: Seed pod from a tree

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Lancaster, pa
Slaybalj
Apr 20, 2018 4:47 AM CST
I found this seed pod while visiting Long's Park outside Lancaster PA. I think It came from a tall tree in the vicinity and was curious about the type.
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Its about 5 inches long, 1.5 inches wide, and quite stiff. Inside are about 4 or so seeds that are 3/4 inches bog and 1/4 inch fat.

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There is a gummy goo partly surrounding the seeds that feels to be the consistency of mostly dried glue. When i tried to break it open the side cracked as shown in The picture.

After browsing pixtures online ive tentatively ruled out black locust and honey locust, which both seem longer and thinner and more closely resemble seed pods i've seen and played with here in maryland.

Unfortunately, i didnt think to snap pictures of the tree we believe these came from or try to find some low hanging branches to assist identification. These seed pods were littered all over a small section of the park though and i just grabbed one that seemed in good shape. Since i live a long ways away i am not able to return to get more pictures or provide more info.

Thnak you in advance,
Slaybalj

Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 20, 2018 6:46 AM CST
Gymnocladus?
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Lancaster, pa
Slaybalj
Apr 20, 2018 7:35 AM CST
Sweet! That looks exactly right! Thank you for satisfying my curiosity.

Thank You!
Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 20, 2018 7:40 AM CST
You're welcome. The weird thing (and why I questioned it) is that I lived in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania for years. This tree is commonly called "Kentucky Coffee Tree" because you can make a coffee-like drink from the beans, but I never saw it when I lived in Pennsylvania. lol
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plantladylin
Apr 20, 2018 8:03 AM CST
Hi Slaybalj, Welcome!

I agree, they look like seedpods/seeds from the Kentucky Coffeetree! We currently have no photos of pods or seeds in our database so it would be great if you could upload a couple of pic's; just look over on the left side of this page and select Add a photo: Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioica)


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