I would like some help in identifying some seeds that my husband and daughter found yesterday. They were found on the ground underneath some Crape Myrtle trees, but they're not Crape Myrtle seeds. And the only other type of tree that was around, was one that had red berries on it. We've tried looking on Google, but we weren't able to find anything. My husband found 1 that looked like it on the outside, but the inside looked totally different. My husband said it smells kinda "nutty" on the inside. And the inside is a yellowish color. I'd appreciate any help on this that I can get. I have added another picture of the seeds, surrounding a U.S. quarter. The quarter is about 1 inch wide.
The seeds were found in the city on the side of a road in Jackson, MS.
*UPDATE* I finally found out what these seeds are! Thanks to the help of a couple of people with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the seeds have pretty much been identified. Here's the message I received from them after I asked for their help in identifying them: "Hi Joy! Thanks for being patient while I tried to get some answers for you! Dr. Lisa Wallace here at MSU has contacted me back about your seeds! Here is what she said: "I'm pretty sure it's something in the legume family - possibly Wisteria. Another possibility might be Kentucky Coffee Tree, which isn't very common in Mississippi, but it might be planted as an ornamental nearby with seeds dispersed by animals. I'm wondering if she or her husband was able to cut open the seed (could you ask them?). If so, it probably isn't Kentucky Coffee Tree because they have extremely hard seed coats." I then told her it seemed like y'all had been able to cut the seed open and sent her the pics I saw you posted on projectnoah.org. She then replied... "If they were able to cut it open easily, then I don't think it's Kentucky Coffee Tree (these seeds are extremely hard, and I've cut my hand trying to get one open before). It's probably more likely to be from Wisteria." I hope this helps you out! If you would like more info from our faculty, just let me know!" Thank you so much to Mississippi State University Extension Service on Facebook, Dr. Lisa Wallace, gatorfellows, PatriciaPi, bayucca, and Augusto Patiño Ramírez for all your help in identifying these seeds! :D Now to figure out what to do with them. lol