A Sea-Bean Guide: Velvet Bean, Burney Bean (Mucuna gigantea)
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Burney Bean, Velvet Bean
Mucuna gigantea

Mucuna gigantea is a Pacific sea-bean, commonly found on some shores of Australia, Japan, Hawaii and other Pacific locations. The seeds come in a variety of colors and color patterns, with the majority (all?) of the Australian beans being entirely black. These forms can also be found in Hawaii, but more frequently found are color forms that are mottled with black and brown. Less commonly found in Hawaii are seeds that are entirely brown in color.

Mucuna gigantea seeds from Australia

Mucuna gigantea
Mucuna gigantea
   Mucuna gigantea
Mucuna gigantea
Photos:   Nan Rhodes (www.BeachBeans.com)


Mucuna gigantea seeds from Hawaii

Mucuna gigantea
Black form
Mucuna gigantea
Mottled form
Mucuna gigantea
Brown form



The white flowers of Mucuna gigantea are formed in a large, hanging cluster.
Flowers from Nahiku, Maui, Hawaii.   Note the ants, obviously attracted to the flowers!
Photo: Forest & Kim Starr, from here




The seed pods of Mucuna gigantea are essentially without sculptural elements, except for at the margins of the pods.
Photo:   Izumi Hanno Godfrey; Iriomote Island, Japan. (photo extracted from Izumi's "Travels with Mr. Seabean")



Links
Links from "Travels with Mr. Seabean"
  • "Two kinds of Mucuna in Iriomote" - Japan
  • Mucuna gigantea seeds and pods
  • Mucuna gigantea young plant


  • Other links
  • Sea-beans from Australia
  • Flower image by G.K. Linney


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