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Drift Seeds of Costa Rica

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Cohune Palm, Orbignya cohune

A Sea-Bean Guide: Cohune Palm (Orbignya cohune)

The large seeds of Cycas circinalis are buoyant in seawater due to a thick, spongy, flotation layer (A) which is absent in the seeds of most cycads. This species is distributed throughout

The large seeds of Cycas circinalis are buoyant in seawater due to a thick, spongy, flotation layer (A) which is absent in the seeds of most cycads. This species is distributed throughout

www.seabean.com - www.seabean.com - Mucuna sp. #001

www.seabean.com - www.seabean.com - Mucuna sp. #001

When I was in Ft. Lauderdale, I went to a church picnic at John U. Lloyd state park and beachcombed with my kids for a while.   We found som...

Lauderdale, I went to a church picnic at John U. Lloyd state park and beachcombed with my kids for a while. We found som.

Geonoma congesta

Geonoma congesta

The Mary's bean (Merremia discoidesperma) is certainly one of the most elusive and interesting of all drift seeds in fact and fiction.

The Mary's bean (Merremia discoidesperma) is certainly one of the most elusive and interesting of all drift seeds in fact and fiction.

Crabwood, Carapa guianensis

Crabwood, Carapa guianensis

www.seabean.com - A Sea-Bean Guide<b>:</b> Hamburger Bean, Brown (<i>Mucuna sloanei</i>)

A Sea-Bean Guide: Hamburger Bean, Brown (Mucuna sloanei)

Sea-Bean information

Sea beans are good luck. A must find when beach combing!

Candlenut, Aleurites moluccana

Candlenut, Aleurites moluccana

Seeds of Mucuna species showing two distinct "smileys." A. Seed from a pod collected in Golfito, Costa Rica. Originally identified as M. urens, the smiley is more similar to M. sloanei. B. Drift seed of M. urens collected on a beach in Belize. Note the thinner, upcurved smiley and reddish coloration. C. Drift seed of M. sloanei from Belize showing a thicker, blocky shaped smiley. The latter species also occurs in the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica.

Seeds of Mucuna species showing two distinct "smileys." A. Seed from a pod collected in Golfito, Costa Rica. Originally identified as M. urens, the smiley is more similar to M. sloanei. B. Drift seed of M. urens collected on a beach in Belize. Note the thinner, upcurved smiley and reddish coloration. C. Drift seed of M. sloanei from Belize showing a thicker, blocky shaped smiley. The latter species also occurs in the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica.

The Mary's bean (Merremia discoidesperma) is certainly one of the most elusive and interesting of all drift seeds in fact and fiction. A thick, woody seed coat and internal air cavities enable

The Mary's bean (Merremia discoidesperma) is certainly one of the most elusive and interesting of all drift seeds in fact and fiction. A thick, woody seed coat and internal air cavities enable

Playa Hermosa near Uvita Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa near Uvita Costa Rica

Carmichael Watson Project Blog: Objects in Focus: Sea-beans

Objects in Focus: Sea-beans

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