Seed ID

Welcome to my seed identification web page. I am putting this page here for other "Seedy Characters" like me that are interested in the macrobotanical remains found at archaeological sites. Also, for those of you who are taking a paleoethnobotany class, or thinking about taking one in the future. Hopefully these photos will help with a faster identification...or perhaps make it a little easier.

Please click on the family of interest below.
For the complete file CLICK here. [58K @ 28,800 ~ 90 seconds]

Agavaceae Amaranthaceae Anacardiaceae
Asteraceae (Compositae) Cactaceae Chenopodiaceae
Cucurbitaceae Fabaceae (Leguminosae) Fagaceae
Juglandaceae Poaceae (Gramineae) Passifloraceae
Pinaceae Sapindaceae Polygonaceae
Solanaceae Ulmaceae Vitaceae

Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms

UC I am just getting this project started so please check back often for new entries. For now there are a total of 50 seed photos of 48 species found in 18 different families.


Thumbnails of the plant photos were copied from those photos produced by the Texas A&M Bioinformatics Working Group which can be found at the Vascular Plant Image Gallery in the Flowering Gateway. When clicking on the thumbnail you are taken to their originals.

Thumbnails and enlargements of seed photos are from my own personal collection.

Some plant information has been taken from these sources:

  • Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas, Donovan S. Correll and Marshall C. Johnston, University of Texas at Dallas, 1979.

  • USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

  • Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of the Southwest: A guide for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, Robert A. Vines, University of Texas Press, 1994.