these odd and beautiful little pods are called sea beans. sea beans are drift seeds. a seed of any of a number of tropical plants growing in coastal areas, the seeds of which are found floating upon ocean currents, by means of which the seeds are dispersed. these seeds here are from from the tropical vine called macuna. and their seeds are often called hamburger beans or ox-eye beans. macuna vines can grow in tropical florida, but someone once told me these beans more likely floated in from the cariibean. i love their distinctive and graphic markings. i will be keeping an “eye”out for more.
macuna sloanei seeds