Drift Seeds

brochure Aransas - Drift Seeds

Drift Seeds of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Texas. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Drift Seeds of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex Introduction True Sea-Bean Mucuna sloanei Drift seeds (also known as SeaCohune Beans) come from trees and vines Attalea cohune that grow along the tropical Bubblenut shores and rain forests all over Sacoglottis amazonica the world. The seeds fall from Mango their parent plant into Mangifera indica waterways, such as the Amazon Donovan’s Brain River, then drift through inlets to Andira galeottiana reach the ocean. They travel with Prickly Palm ocean currents until they wash up Acrocomia spp. on a beach somewhere, perhaps Bay-Bean thousands of miles from their Canavalia rosea origin. Sea-Beans are hard and Calatola buoyant, which helps them Calatola costaricensis survive their long-distance Chocolate voyage. The following are Drift Theobroma cacao seeds (Sea-Beans) found Sea Heart principally on the Matagorda Entada gigas Island portion of the Refuge. Spurge Euphorbiaceae Common Name Acorns Scientific Name Quercus spp. Coralbean Hernandia Erythrina spp. Hernandia sonora Black Pearl Sea Purse Sapindus saponaria Dioclea reflexa Sea-Coconut Box Fruit Manicaria saccifera Barringtonia asiatica Silk Cotton Gourd Ceiba pentandra Cucurbitaceae Pine Cone Candlenut Pinus spp. Aleurites moluccana Bull’s Horn Starnut Acacia cornigera Astrocaryum spp. Hog-Plum Country Almond Spondias mombin Terminalia catappa Persoon Coconut Caryocar glabrum Cocos nucifera Mary’s Bean Merremia discoidesperma Antidote Vine Fevillea cordifolia Manchineel Hippomane mancinella Red Mangrove Rhizophora mangle Coinplant Dalbergia ecastaphyllum Gray Nickernut Caesalpinia bonduc Brown Nickernut Caesalpinia major Reference John V. and Perry E. Dennis Sea-Beans from the Tropics: A Collector’s Guide to Sea-Beans and other Tropical Drift on Atlantic Shores. Krieger Publishing Company. 2003. May 2006

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