I found the most bizarre seed pods the other day at my cleaning job. As I looked at the tree it had these purple bulbous appendages. I could have sworn that there used to be a Magnolia tree there. I thought maybe it was some strange vine that had taken over and was strangling the Magnolia with it's creeping limbs.
When I looked around the other side of the tree I found one of the seed pods starting to open and inside were these brilliant orange seeds that looked like large Smarties.
As soon as I got home I Googled 'Magnolia seed pods' and so it seemed that this is what it was. A very fertile Magnolia, the first I've ever seen with seed pods.