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Useful Tropical Plants

Sebastiania pavoniana

(Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Gymnanthes pavoniana Müll.Arg.

Gymnanthes pringlei S.Watson ex Pax

Sebastiania palmeri Rose

Sebastiania pringlei S.Watson

Sebastiania ramirezii Maury

Common Name:

Sebastiania pavoniana
'Jumping beans' with trap door - the hole is about 8mm deep. On one the door is separated on the other the door is still on the bean. Both are about 10mm. The two jumping bean moths or Cydia deshaisiana as well as their pupal casings are also present
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Sebastiania pavoniana Sebastiania pavoniana Sebastiania pavoniana

General Information

Sebastiania pavoniana is a shrub or small tree growing 1.5 - 15 metres tall.
The seedpods are gathered from the wild and are commonly sold as 'Mexican Jumping Beans' in curio shops in southwestern N. America[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

The milky juice has been used as an arrow poison[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Botanical References

369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.

Range

Central America - northwest Costa Rica, Mexico.

Habitat

Seasonally very dry forests at elevations from sea level to about 300 metres[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The seedpods furnish the famous 'jumping beans' of Mexico[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The movements of an insect larva inside the seedpods cause the pod to move[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The pods are often sold as curios.

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2024-02-26. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Sebastiania+pavoniana>

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