We are still working on our Holiday card design and stopped by the florists for supplies. While there I spotted this stem and quickly came home and made a portrait. I investigated the floral name the florist provided and determined that the images online in no way resembled the stem in my picture. I’d be grateful if someone could identify it. Thanks much.
I’ve learned that this is a bit of Brunia. The seeds are stored in the the silver pods and are released when the plant dies, often in wildfires.