32 • A Gigantic Seed Pod

32 • A Gigantic Seed Pod

Central America
67 cm tall; Entada gigas

This pod grew from a thick woody vine called entada gigas, known locally as the ‘monkey ladder’ because of the network of vines it creates across the canopy of rainforests. It is the sort of pod which might have helped Jack as he made his way up his giant beanstalk and inside each of its 14 leather-like compartments is a magic bean called a sea heart, so called because of their heart-shape. These beans are capable of travelling along hundreds of miles of river networks and across oceans, and still find the strength to germinate. Magic.