Costa del Seeds

During the holiday at the Costa del Sol, we not only visited Alhambra, but there was also some time spent collecting seeds. As with the Opuntia seeds, a small Pringles container was used to store them. Last week they were all sorted out and put in pots and a seed tray.

When sorting the seeds, it became clear that not everything was a seed. There were several empty seed pods and a dead piece of twig. It is also easier to identify seeds if you remember to take a picture of the plant it came from. However, there were only five seeds to identity and memory was still fresh.


The agave was easy to identify. The difficult part was getting hold of the seed pods, as they sat on three to five metres high stalks.

Euphorbia ingens (Candelabra Tree)

The Loro Sexi Bird Park in Almuñecar had besides the birds a nice cactus garden. The tree-like Euphorbia Ingens had seedpods which were happily collected. Each pod has three lobes which contain a single seed. The seeds were still soft, so we have to wait and see if they will germinate.

Livistona chinensis (Chinese Fan Palm)

Unfortunately I did not take a picture of this palm. The fruit however has a very distinct look, so finding it on the internet was not difficult. Removing the flesh from the seeds was very easy. Now we just have to wait…

Pandanus utilis (Common Screwpine)

This one has also very recognisable fruit, but it doesn’t get any easier than a nice plaque next to the tree with its name. After soaking for 24 hours in water, there was some mould forming on the fruits. To counter this, some cinnamon was used when potting the fruit.

Sabal palmetto (Sabal Palm)

The Sabal palms were the most commonly used palms for decoration of the boulevard. The small seeds could be found all around the trunks. To identify the palms, a specific feature of the trunk came in handy. Some trunks still have the leaf bases (called bootjacks) sticking to it, giving it a rough look. Other trunks were completely smooth. After noticing that some trunks had a combination, it was clear that all were the same tree. The seeds are sown in the seed tray.

Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen Palm)

The Queen palm was easy to identify because of the fruit. Unfortunately I did not take a picture of it while hanging on the tree. After soaking it in water for 24 hours, the flesh was peeled off. The seeds were sown in pots.

So one seed tray and five pots are now waiting to sprout some new additions to the collection of plants.


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