Dioclea sp. --- "Large Flat Dioclea"

This "Large Flat Dioclea" has been rarely found washed ashore in Florida, but has also been collected fresh from the Amazonian jungles of Peru and also the jungle mountains of Cuenca, Ecuador.

The average dimensions (mm) of these seeds are about 37.5W x 31.5L x 11.6H


Non-drifted specimens were obtained from 3 locations: Amazonian Peru, Cuenca Ecuador, and Oriente / Guayaquil(?) Ecuador.
ALL specimens sank in both fresh and salt water.

On average, the specimens from the Amazonian region of Peru are larger.
Location Avg. Width (mm) Width Range (mm) Count
Peru 38.7 35.6 to 41.8 19
Oriente 36.4 31.4 to 39.4 10
Cuenca 35.5 32.2 to 39.4 6
All Data 37.5 31.4 to 41.8 35
From all data combined, the average L:W ratio is 1.19
Thus, these "Large Flat Dioclea" are about 20% wider than long.
Want all the measurement data?
...see the pdf document: "Large Flat Dioclea Measurements"
Crossection view of seed
about 40 mm wide and 13.7 mm thick


Above 4 photos by Nan Rhodes (www.BeachBeans.com).
These seeds were purchased from Cahuita, Costa Rica from a guy whose brother in-law was growing them in BriBri
(a province of Talamanca - Caribbean side of Costa Rica)
None of these purchased seeds float.

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