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Hickory (empty nut husks)

Carya sp.


Hickory flowers are small, yellow-green catkins produced in spring. They are wind-pollinated and self-incompatible. The fruit is a globose or oval nut, 2–5 cm long and 1.5–3 cm diameter, enclosed in a four-valved husk, which splits open at maturity. The nut shell is thick and bony in most species, and thin in a few, notably C. illinoinensis; it is divided into two halves, which split apart when the seed germinates.


Mixed woodlands


Possibly Pecan (C. illinoinensis) as the husks were quite thin.

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KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Emma! Yes there were lots of hickories around & that's what I suspected but I couldn't find a matching photo when I searched!

Hema 9 years ago

Karen ,did this fall off a tree?I will research this. Don't hickory tees usually have string like structures hanging from them?

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Sachin!
Emma, I will certainly join!

Hema 9 years ago

This would be agreat addition to th eseed and seed pod smission. Please consider joining! Thnx!!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago


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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jan 25, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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