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Jun 2, 2018 8:18 PM CST
illinois
i was going through some things at my grandmas house, when i discovered a brown bag filled with these strange looking seeds.
they are dark brown almost black in color, just less than an inch long . split at one end.
they smell almost like a cigar box, i will add an image as well.
was just hoping you could help me shed some light on what these are!
thanks
-angel



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Jun 3, 2018 8:10 AM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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They look like the seeds with husks still attached of one of the smaller seeded Hickory species, like Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis). These native trees grace a good part of the midwest US.

You could take one or several of these, and peel the dried split husk off them, and then take pictures - with your quarter scale - of what the fruit/seed inside looks like.
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Jun 4, 2018 3:00 PM CST
illinois
ok so i tried to crack open to get to the husk etc, but it was so dry and old that when i peeled it back it burst into pieces, inside the husk was black poppy like seeds [smaller than poppy seeds]
i drew the husk based on what i saw before it broke into a bunch of pieces [ the husk drawing is on the yellow sticky note [picture attached] and the white paper holds the contents of the husk [poppy like seeds] .
i figured it was something like hickory because of the smell.
i was wondering because i have alot of kids running around getting into everything, aswell as dogs/puppies, and the last thing i would want is any of them getting into these seeds if they were potentially harmfully or nefarious, so as long as these arent in some way poisoness, my heart is at ease !
thank you so much for your speedy reply!
-Angel
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Jun 4, 2018 4:01 PM CST
Name: Christine
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It reminds me of foxglove or false foxglove seed pods. If it is foxglove, they are poisonous so good that you thought to get them out of little one's reach. Thumbs up
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Jun 4, 2018 9:48 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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So there you are! Not a nut tree of any sort.

No value from me on much herbaceous - but process elimination shows its value.
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