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Sea-Beans of Northern Queensland, Australia

N. Rhodes made a trip to Far Northern Queensland, Australia to study mangroves
and collected several sea-beans in the process.
All photos by N. Rhodes.


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wrack line
How I came to find a lot of the seeds.
(just lying next to the wrack)
estuarine wrack line
An unposed photo of beans in with the wash from a rainforest estuary
Bingal Bay
Bingal Bay - best beaning spot I found (Watch out for the crocs!)

Entada phaseoloides
Matchbox Beans, Entada phaseoloides
Most of them were found in Bingle Bay, Wonga Beach and Cape Kimberly.
Pod
The E. phaseoloides seed pod
was found on Wonga Beach

Entada phaseoloides
Matchbox Beans
Entada phaseoloides

I think this photo of the pod I found at the Cutten Brothers' grave (http://www.tea.org.au/history/sub2.html) in a rainforest tract at Bingal Bay is the same (Entada phaseoloides)
A 3-chambered pod from Bingal Bay.
Pods may have many sections, totalling several feet in length
Pod
The E. phaseoloides seed pod
has an inner paper-like wrapper;
this one is from Wonga Beach

The skin-like casing on this seed pod was a bit thicker than that of seaweed sheets used for california rolls. It was somewhat hard to tear and the seed inside looks like more like Entada rheedii than Entada phaseoloides to me. Maybe there was an thicker outer case before I found it.
Entada phaseoloides wapper with the bean extracted

Mucuna gigantea
Burny Bean
Mucuna gigantea
Mucuna gigantea
Burny Bean
Mucuna gigantea
Intsia bijuga
Intsia bijuga
Size: 3cm tall, 2.5cm wide


Dioclea sp.
Dioclea sp.
Dioclea sp.
Dioclea sp.
painted seed
The painted E. phaseoloides is how the local Aboriginals sell them to the tourists

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