Mystery Seed of the Week 243

Last week Karen left a comment that it is difficult to tell how big the mystery seeds are without some sense of scale.

Adding scale to the seed photographs is something I have struggled with for a long time. Macro photography requires a narrow depth of field, which limits the area in focus. Also, adding something like a penny or ruler rather wrecks any attempts at artistic composition.

Her question, however, finally sparked an answer for me. How about including a grain of rice?


The rice is still out of focus, but it does give some scale. I don’t think it detracts too much, do you?


By the way, these funny little seeds are from an Arizona native plant that started growing in our yard all on its own.

Do you recognize what plant these seeds are from? If you choose to, please leave a comment with your ideas.

Mystery Seed answers and new Mystery Seeds are posted on Tuesdays.

Edit:  the answer is now posted.


  1. Lynne

    Hmmm, I call those weeds! The only ‘weed’ that I’ve let stay over the years has been verbena. It comes and goes, and coming back again.

  2. Craig

    Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia – Common Fiddleneck

  3. Roberta


    Is it regular verbena or Brazilian? We’ve only had the Brazilian kind show up without planting.

  4. Roberta



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