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These small orange growths are just over an inch long and just appeared in my North Florida backyard. The skin surface is smooth and they look almost like small bell peppers, but still different. I'm concerned they might be toxic - I have a dog and don't want her to get sick. I definitely didn't plant them. Any ideas?

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  • rake them up and move them along so you are not taking chances with your dog – kevinsky Jan 28 '19 at 11:23
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    It looks as they were dumped and not grown in that spot. Several of the fruits appear to have scars where stems used to be. – B540Glenn Jan 28 '19 at 15:40
  • They certainly didn't grow there. – Rob Jan 28 '19 at 20:58
  • Is there a palm tree nearby? This looks kind of like palm fruit to me. – Tim Nevins Jan 31 '19 at 14:37
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They appear to be the characteristic "red" seeds of the cardboard cycad (Zamia furfuracea). It is not a true palm tree, but does have the appearance of a palm plant. The seeds (and plant) are known to be poisonous to dogs, so you might want to remove them - at least the seeds - for safety. Here are some specific links that should answer all of your questions in more detail. I hope this helps.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamia_furfuracea

https://dogappy.com/are-palm-tree-seeds-poisonous-to-dogs

https://www.arkive.org/cycad/zamia-furfuracea/image-G39976.html

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