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Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-16

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magnolia seed pod

Magnolia grandiflora

Southern magnolia seed pod

It looks like a weird new shaving brush, but it's not. If you look closely at the center of the magnolia blossom from this earlier Plantidote, you'll see the baby seed pod in the center of the flower. The one shown above has matured enough to fall off the tree. The pod is about 4" long. There are pea-sized red seeds inside. It's hard to believe that a 60' tall tree grows from something so small, but that's nature for you -- always the overachiever.

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