Gymnanthes pavoniana Müll.Arg.
Gymnanthes pringlei S.Watson ex Pax
Sebastiania palmeri Rose
Sebastiania pringlei S.Watson
Sebastiania ramirezii Maury
'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
Photograph by: NobbiP
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[
The milky juice has been used as an arrow poison[
Central America - northwest Costa Rica, Mexico.
Seasonally very dry forests at elevations from sea level to about 300 metres[
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The seedpods furnish the famous 'jumping beans' of Mexico[
]. The movements of an insect larva inside the seedpods cause the pod to move[
]. The pods are often sold as curios.
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