mahogany bean - ROM2004_1035_6

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ROM2004_1035_6

mahogany bean

Dimensions:
length of pod=5 in
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomPlantae
    • PhylumMagnoliophyta
    • ClassMagnoliopsida
    • OrderFabales
    • FamilyFabaceae
    • GenusAfzelia
    • SpecificEpithetquanzensis
Object number: TRT_SN76
On view
DescriptionThis pod is the fruit of a tall tree that grows in Africa and whose mahogany-like wood is used for timber. The fruit, a pod hinged along one side and bearing a single row of seeds, indicates that it is a member of the pea or bean family Fabaceae (Leguminosae).Like many members of this family, the black seeds are partly covered by a fleshy yellow aril. The aril is an attractive food for birds and other animals, but can be difficult to detach from the seed. Birds that eat these seeds must repeatedly swallow and regurgitate them before successfully digesting the aril. Eventually, the heavy, unwanted seed is dropped far from the original plant where it will have a chance to germinate and grow. The black seeds are sometimes called lucky beans, and are frequently used in seed jewellery.
Collection:
fruits and seeds
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