The small disc-ed hard red seeds could be seeds of Rakta Chandan, about 8 mm dia like a flying saucer. Trees can be seen between GPO & Fairlee Place in Kolkata. In season, the road is strewn with these red seeds. The 2nd seed probably is the well-known Ratti, a creeper ), as observed by Anand ji. The seeds were used by goldsmiths in olden days as a measure of weight. 12 ( I think ) Rattis were equal to 1 Masha, 6 ( again not sure ) Mashas were equal to 1 Tola ( which is about 11.7 gm ). ( I am forgetting what we studied in class 4 Arithmetics. ) The Rattis, minature egg-shaped, brilliant scarlet red with a large black spot having a small white dot, are eye-catching, specially if seen in the jungle. I have come across both the rare white & black varieties also. Ratti is Indian Licorice ( not sure ) botanical name Abrus sps( not sure ). Can give botanical names of both both seeds later.
--- On Mon, 27/10/08, Sushmita Jha <sushmi...@gmail.com> wrote:
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