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Nasturtium, seed pods

Tropaeolum majus


Skeletons of the seed pods of Nasturtium, also called Nose-Twister. Genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants and the only genus in the family Tropaeolaceae. They have showy, often intensely bright flowers, and rounded, peltate (shield-shaped) leaves with the petiole in the center. The flowers have five petals (sometimes more), a three-carpelled ovary, and a funnel-shaped nectar tube in the back.

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LarsKorb 8 years ago


SarahWhitt 8 years ago

Thank you, Lars! Will be looking for them now.

LarsKorb 8 years ago

Sarah - this is the state after spraying the seeds, decayed. The fresh seed pods are covered with a thin skin - they look like small pale greenish pumpkins.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago


SarahWhitt 8 years ago

Quite interesting, indeed....I never even noticed any seed pods of this pretty lil garden beauty before. My father loves "tiptoeing" through my Mother's garden & gathering Nasturtium leaves to munch on. :)

LarsKorb 8 years ago

Thanks all.
Leuba, it's is growing right in our yard - every year and it's really massive growth. In late autumn, when it drops it seedpods, I could collect kilos of them...we use the blossoms in salads - for decoration, but also taste.

Seema 8 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Great design ! -interesting, Lars. They almost look like peanut shells as they decay.
As Argybee says, you don't often get to see this structure of the fruit. Although they are "nose twisters" I love the pungent bitey flavour - especially pickled in brine/vinegar solution...never had much luck growing them although they seem very happy growing in the wild

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Never bothered to look closely at them before. Really interesting little structures. Great thanks Lars.

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Schönstedt, Freistaat Thüringen, Germany

Spotted on Mar 2, 2012
Submitted on Mar 2, 2012

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