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Mucuna gigantea, White Jade Vine, Hamburger Bean, Seabean, Burny Bean 

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 Mucuna gigantea
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
White Jade Vine, Hamburger Bean, Seabean, Burny Bean
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersIrritatingEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Seaside, salt tolerant plant

Seabean vines grow at lower elevations, usually near the coast. The seeds can be carried great distances by the ocean currents and still remain viable.The flowers are in pendent, round-topped, umbel-like clusters. The individual flowers are pea-like with a bent, upcurved keel. The flowers are followed by oblong, flattened, winged, green drying to dark brown bean pods lightly covered in stinging, orange-brown hairs known as trichomes. The seeds resemble hamburgers due to their disk shape and indented, black hilum (seed scar) and are almost 1 inch wide and brown, mottled brown and black, or solid black in color. The leaves are trifoliolate with 3 green, hairless or mostly hairless, broadly elliptic to egg-shaped leaflets. The stems are slender and twining. The vines typically hang down from the trees in green, leafy curtains.

The hard, woody seeds are polished and made into attractive necklaces and leis.

The seeds are poisonous and contain L-DOPA and other potentially toxic substances.


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 Mucuna gigantea, White Jade Vine, Hamburger Bean, Seabean, Burny Bean 

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Mucuna gigantea, White Jade Vine, Hamburger Bean, Seabean, Burny Bean 

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Mucuna gigantea, White Jade Vine, Hamburger Bean, Seabean, Burny Bean 

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Chandelier vine. Mucuna holtonii is a very interesting rare species of Jade vine, pollinated by bats when a triangular flower petal reflects precise sound wave signals to guide the bats to the nectar. Bats are able to detect if the flowers have nectar using echolocation. After an initial bat visit during which nectar is removed, the petals are arranged in a different manner!
It is a beautiful and robust woody vine native to Central America, and the northern part of South America. The 'chandelier' cluster of two-inch-long, whitish-green flowers hang on very long peduncles.
The seeds are very large, round, and flat and have a high concentration of L-dopa (a toxic amino acid). They are extremely buoyant and well adapted for ocean dispersal, traveling from continent to continent. The thick hard coating gives them many years of viability.
Ordering seeds info
RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES:
Seed Germination Mix #3, professional grade
SUNSHINE-S - Seeds and cuttings booster
Myco Mix - pro-mix with Mycorrhiza
Baby-Plant Food - Seedlings and Cuttings Booster
Per pack: 4 large seeds

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