Entada rheedii (Fabaceae)

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The matchbox bean is well known for their seeds which are used by aborigines and artists for seed jewellery. These seeds are true seafarers like the Nickernut (Caesalpinia bonduc) and are often washed up the shore where they germinate and begin their life as a climber in coastal strandline vegetation (although they also do get a bit inland.

These climbers are some of the most impressive of the pea family, and their climbing trunks can become as thick as the thigh of a man (or thicker). They also have some of the largest pods in the pea family (the largest being Entada gigas, which is not found in FNQ).

Entada rheedii

Entada rheedii
Check out the stoutness of the pod.

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The leaves are compound and each secondary pinna having ~8 leaflets. In the similar Entada phaseoloides the secondary pinna have ~4-6 leaflets.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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