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I have found these thingies in my institute at Tiruchchirapalli in India. I have no idea what they are:

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Can someone tell me what they are, exactly?

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry if the picture isn't clear, the thingy must have been eroded a bit. $\endgroup$ – Twisted Genes Aug 9 '17 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ It's difficult to get an idea of how large/small this is, given the provided images. $\endgroup$ – user22020 Aug 9 '17 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Charles It's about 1 cm across. I took a closeup shot for more accuracy. $\endgroup$ – Twisted Genes Aug 9 '17 at 18:04
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They look like seeds from palm trees. It reminds me of seeds from Phoenix canariensis which I once planted. However, since this particular species is not native to India, they could be seeds from another Phoenix palm species. Do you have Phoenix palm species in your area in India?

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  • $\begingroup$ We have lots of palm trees around here, since it's the tropics $\endgroup$ – Twisted Genes Aug 10 '17 at 0:14
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer, but can you validate it with pictures? I tried googling, but wasn't satisfied. $\endgroup$ – Twisted Genes Aug 10 '17 at 17:20
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    $\begingroup$ I can't tell exactly, sorry. You probably know more about palm trees than I do (I live in the Netherlands where no native palm trees grow). But it did remind me of Phoenix canariensis seeds. So I hoped you would know which relative palm species would be at your institute. Maybe you should plant them and see what comes out of it? $\endgroup$ – user35628 Aug 10 '17 at 17:39

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