I confess I know the answer. It is, obviously, a botanical object, familiar, I had not seen it in this exact configuration before.
And by the way, a friend recently told me he learned that the pointy tip of this arrangement made an excellent toothpick, and had a history of this use.
We conjured up the silly idea of a new Floyd County home industry, foraging, packaging and selling these for a quarter at local boutique checkout counters.
So what is it?