A. Pods and seeds of Mucuna (cf. M. sloanei) from the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. One seed has an attachment stalk (funiculus) that encircles the seed along its hilum. B. Pod and seeds of Mucuna near Golfito on the humid Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
The Rainforest Garden: Sea Beans and Drift Seeds Sea beans are large legume seeds from the tropics that wash up on beaches far from home, but the name could be applied to any durable floating seed found on the beach.
WHAT IS A SEA BEAN? Sea-beans (or "drift seeds") are tropical seeds and fruits carried to the ocean by freshwater streams and rivers that drift with the currents and eventually wash ashore. The colors, textures and shapes and sizes of sea beans are truly remarkable. To learn more, refer to http://www.seabean.com/newsletters/