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Please help identify mysterious seeds

I found some mysterious seeds growing on a tree in my town (UK). The seed pods look like spiky brown baubles and were dangling from strips of bark. It looked like someone had hung them up!

As you can see from my pictures I cut one of the pods open to see if it contained an elf fetus or some other magical creature, however it appears to contain only fluff.

Any help identifying these seed pods and the tree they came from would be greatly appreciated!



  • Platanus occidentalis (American plane) aka Buttonwood, I think.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 658

    I think it’s London Plane, Platanus x hispanic.

    East Anglia
  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 658

    Well, we agree on the Genus Bob!

    East Anglia
  • They're close relations but I think you are right Asarum as buttonwoods are rare in the UK.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • I'm saying London Plane ........... I remembering doing the very same thing with the seed cases years ago image  I got the seeds not far from what is now called Tate Britain but back then was just The Tate Gallery. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    I'd say London, the car park at Sainsburys is littered with bits of those.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,340

    We used to call them itchy balls and what we called the itchy ball trees, I know now as London plane.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thanks guys!

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