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What is this seed?



Hi everyone,

First post here. I was walking along the seafront today (Portsmouth) and noticed hundreds of these seeds washed up on the shore. Any idea what they are?




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695

    Seeds out of pine cones look a lot like that.

  • Not saying you're wrong, but doesn't it look a little too big? I've taken another photo to show you the size comparison. 




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695

    Big pine cone?image

    Monkey puzzle seed perhaps. they come in a big cone that falls apart. seed size would be about right. The cone is about the size of a football.

  • Just had a look into money puzzle seeds and wouldn't say that it looks too much like that.

    Excuse the pun, but it's very puzzling to find so many of them washed up! May grab a few more tomorrow and plant them.

    Any other ideas?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695

    I still think more likely a pine of some type. There are some very big cones amongst the pines.

  • So from that, maybe the star nut palms or the oil palms?

    It's strange that there are so many washed up all in the exact location. I wondering if they've fallen off a ship?

  • I went along and collected a few more seeds today. Does anyone have any tips on the best way to store them for a few months? I've washed them in cold water to remove the salt from the sea but am not sure what to do with them now. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,159

    Sow them?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    If the tree is casting them now, they should be sown now.  Feel the seed cases and ensure there is a plump seed inside.

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