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Entada gigas or Heart Bean

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Entada gigas- a species of flowering liana in the pea family. Enormous legume pods from a large woody vine or liana of the tropical rain forest. This unusual legume belongs to the genus Entada, possibly the Old World species E. phaseoloides. It is similar to the New World species called the sea heart (E. gigas), except sea heart pods are larger and very flimsy. In fact, sea heart pods are the world's longest bean pod. They usually break apart into one-seeded sections and the large brown seeds are distinctly heart-shaped. The seeds of Entada species are carried by torrential rains into rivers and eventually into the sea where they often drift to the shores of distant continents and islands.

Not only does Entada gigas produce the longest bean pod of any legume, this tropical vine also produces large, heart-shaped seeds that ride the ocean currents of the world. Twining through the forest canopy like a botanical boa constrictor, sea heart vines are one of the most remarkable lianas of the New World tropics. Known locally as "escalera de mono" or "monkey ladder," sea heart vines actually provide arboreal thoroughfares for monkeys high in the rain forest canopy. The monkey ladder may grow 100 feet in 18 months. Like a writhing snake, a single monkey ladder may climb the tallest tree before it branches and winds through several tree crowns over 100 feet above the forest floor. The enormous monkey ladder pod (Entada gigas) may be three to six feet long before it breaks apart into 15 or more one-seeded compartments, each bearing a shiny brown sea heart.

Entada gigas or Heart Bean


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