Mucuna sp. #004 from Ecuador
The "Other Thick-Banded Mucuna"
These seeds were obtained in "Oriente" Ecuador
, from a roadside vendor, and are a gift from Sally C.
These seeds of are somewhat globose, almost marble-like, with a thick hilum.
I have only 3 seeds of this type, and have not yet "sacrificed" any for purposes of growing them to obtain flowers and pods.
Seed measurements (L x W x H) are: (1) 23.2 x 24.9 x 17.8 mm; (2) 24.8 x 24.6 x 18.8 mm; (3) 22.0 x 21.4 x 20.0 mm
Averages: 23.3 x 23.6 x 18.9 mm
specimens (but not so inflated, and not? M. eliptica
) have been collected stranded on Texas beaches, by P. Babcock.
In the center photo, the lower right specimen is likely Mucuna eliptica
; same specimen in the far right of the rightmost photo.
Note the presence of one specimen that is tentatively called "Mucuna sp. #005
" - the Red Thick-Banded Mucuna
Above 3 photos: P. Babcock
Seeds from Quito, Ecuador
Wait 7 seconds for the below image to change. There are 4 images that it cycles through.
These 7 specimens of "Mucuna sp. #004
" were the gift of JR Powers (July 10, 2014), who had recently obtained them from Quito, Ecuador
The above image cycles through 4 views, as if each seed was grabbed at its "top" and rotated toward the viewer.
Each of the 4 photos can be viewed separately as high resolution images:
The 7 specimens, above, were measured (mm) for Length, Width, Height and Hilum thickness
" is how much of a disk-like shape the seed has when lying flat;
" is how marble-like the seed is. For both ratios, 1.0 is perfectly circular or round.
The Hilum thickness
is provided as a percentage of the Height (= thickness) of the seed.
Seeds numbered 3, 4, 6 all SANK in fresh water and salt water; others floated in fresh water (and thus in salt water too).
See also: How I measure seeds of Mucuna spp.
These 3 specimens of "Mucuna sp. #004
" were an additional gift from JR Powers (August 8, 2014)
7/31/2014, 8 mm
8/1/2014, 25 mm
8/2/1014, 40 mm
8/3/2014, 92 mm
Seeds numbered 5, 6, 7 were planted on July 21, 2014.
Very young sprout, from seed #6, 7/31/2014 = 10 days post planting.
8/4/2014, 177 mm;
8/5/2014, 245 mm;
8/6/2014, 360 mm;
8/7/2014, 445 mm;
8/8/2014, 530 mm
The sprout from seed #6 was transplanted outside on August 12, 2014
at a stem height of 585 mm (about 23 inches;
avg. growth = 2 inches/day).
Seed number 5 sprouted on August 12, 2014! ...22 days post planting.