Mucuna sp. #003
Amazon region of Peru and Cuenca, Ecuador
ncluded in one acquisition of seeds from the Amazon region of Peru were 3 species of Mucuna
||Ojo de Vaca
||Eye of the Cow
|Mucuna sp. 001
||Ojo de Buey
||Eye of the Ox
|Mucuna sp. 003
||Ojo de Venado
||Eye of the Deer
I have hundreds of specimens from the Amazon region of Peru
I also have a few specimens purchased from a roadside vendor in Cuenca, Ecuador
The seeds of Mucuna
sp. #003 are diminutive, for Mucuna
spp., both in diameter and thickness, and have a commensurately narrow hilum.
Sizes (width X thickness) range between approximately 18 X 11 mm to 23 X 14 mm.
10 seeds were planted May 24, 2014 and produced 3 sprouts. The following photos were taken June 25, 2014.
If the plants don't experience a "set back" (or worse) in a Florida winter, it can take about 2-3 years to get flowers! Stay tuned!
Photos below are "clickable" to view a higher resolution image.
Mainstem with multiple leaves; Center:
Leaf, showing unpaired leaflet in different plane; Right:
Underside of leaflets
Detail of mainstem leaves; Right:
Detail of young leaves... note the multitude of hairs!
Detail of mainstem leaves, showing multiple growth planes and (oddly) dimorphic paired leaflets; Right:
Closeup of growing tip of stem.