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What Kind of Palm Tree Has Artichoke-like Fruit?

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What kind of palm tree has artichoke-like fruit? Trying to figure out what it is. Comes from a palm tree in central FL (Sarasota area). – Alicia

Screw Pine Fruit

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert:

Because I am not completely familiar with Florida palm trees, I contacted the Plant Sciences Department of the University of Florida to confirm it’s identification. Here is what they said,  “Looks like the fruit of a Screw Pine which is not a pine (Pinus) it is in the genus Pandanus.”   The Pandanus genus are palm-like shrubs (although not closely related to palms). Hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

What Plant Has A Long Seed Pod, Tear-shaped Seeds & Yellow Flowers?

Ask the Expert: what type of plant is this
It has a mimosa type leaf system. Yellow flowers.Triangular seeds. see pictures. Tom

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert reply:
From your description and the pictures above, I believe the plant is a type of Cassia. It is probably a Cassia alata – Senna alata, commonly referred to a Emperor’s Candlesticks. This plant is a tropical plant hardy in zone 10-12 and native to Argentina. It requires full-sun and regular to moderate watering and a need for good drainage. It produces golden yellow flowers late summer to autumn followed by seed pods that can range from 6″ to 12″ in length.

Cassia is a genus of over 500 species of annuals and perennials as well as deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen shrubs.  Most of which have pinnate leaves and loosely bowl-shaped flowers. Most Cassia are tropical and need warmer climates.

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What Is This 1 Inch Seed Pod I Found In Barcelona?

Ask the Expert: Help ID”ing seed pod

Cyrpess Seed Pod

Cyrpess Seed Pod

I picked up this 1″ seed pod in Barcelona a year ago.  It was closed up then.  Since then it opened, dropping out about 50 3mm flattened seeds.  Any idea? Mary

Plant Expert Reply:

Once again Rick Pudwell, at the Memphis Botanic Garden, has saved the day. I just couldn’t identify this seed pod.  It seems to be some kind of cypress seed pod.  It could be from a Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum).

Just a little side note.  Although Montezuma cypress are drought tolerant, they usulaly grow along side rivers or springs.  One of the oldest trees in Madrid is a Taxodium mucronatum found in the Buen Retiro Park.

What Do Lily Seeds Look Like?

Ask the Expert: Lilies
I have some beautiful lilies that are about 3 feet tall, orange, and they have what looks like a black seed. It is attached between the leaf and the stem-about the size of a peanut. Are these seeds? If not, what are they? If they are seeds, what do I do with them…plant them or what? Thanks!!!

Plant Expert Reply:

The lily family has many members most of which form round black seeds.  Usually the seed form at the end of a bloom stem.  You can plant the seeds now or harvest and save them to plant later.  If you want to save them wait until the pod opens and collect the seed.  Place the seed in a plastic resealable bag. Be sure to remove as much air as possible. Place the bag with seeds in your refrigerator vegetable crisper until you need them.

Mystery Seed Pod Needs Identification

Mystery Seed Pod

Mystery Seed Pod

Ask the Expert: Recognize these seed pods? found at the edge of the marsh,,,empty of seeds  Jane


What a very interesting seed pod. I didn’t recognize this plant right off the start but with a little research it looks very similar to a wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata). Wild Cucumber is ususally found in thicket and along streams and river banks throughout most of North America except for the southeastern United States and California-Nevada.