Acrocomia spp.
Common name(s): Prickly palm
Acrocomia spp.
References: 1
Notes
There are generally three holes or indentations, evenly spaced, around the edge of this seed
Aleurites moluccana
Common name(s): Candlenut
Aleurites moluccana
References: 1, 2
Amphitecna latifolia
Common name(s): Calabash
Amphitecna latifolia
References: 1
Andira galeottiana
Common name(s): Brain fruit, Brain bean, Donovan's brain
Andira galeottiana
References: 1
Andira inermis
Common name(s): Cabbagebark
Andira inermis
References: (none)
Astrocaryum sp.
Common name(s): Starnut palm
Astrocaryum sp.
References: 1
Bismarckia nobilis
Common name(s): Bismark palm
Bismarckia nobilis
References: 1
Notes
Thanks to Stefano at www.semiriciclo.it for helping to identify this seed.
Caesalpinia bonduc
Common name(s): Gray nickernut, Gray nickerbean
Caesalpinia bonduc
References: 1, 2
Notes
I've also seen it spelled nickarnut, with an A.
Calophyllum sp.
Common name(s): Laurelwood(?)
Calophyllum sp.
References: 1
Canavalia nitida
Common name(s): Cathie's bean
Canavalia nitida
References: 1
Notes
I did not find this very rare seed. It was given to me.
Canavalia rosea
Common name(s): Bay bean, Beach pea
Canavalia rosea
References: 1
Carapa guianensis
Common name(s): Crabwood
Carapa guianensis
References: 1
Carya aquatica
Common name(s): Water hickory
Carya aquatica
References: 1
Caryocar spp.
Common name(s): Porcupine seed
Caryocar spp.
References: 1
Casuarina equisetifolia
Common name(s): Australian pine
Casuarina equisetifolia
References: 1
Chrysobalanus icaco L.
Common name(s): Coco-Plum
Chrysobalanus icaco L.
References: (none)
Cocoloba uvifera
Common name(s): Sea grape
Cocoloba uvifera
References: 1
Crescentia cujete
Common name(s): Calabash
Crescentia cujete
References: (none)
Notes
This seed is large... around the size of softball or grapefruit.
Cycas revoluta
Common name(s): Sago palm
Cycas revoluta
References: 1, 2
Notes
Thanks to Stefano at www.semiriciclo.it for helping to identify this seed.
Dioclea ??
Common name(s): "Large flat dicolea"
Dioclea ??
References: 1, 2
Notes
This is likely a dioclea, but I do not know the species. This seed was found on the eastern shore of Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park. There are bite marks on it that match up on top and bottom so during its journey it must have been tested by several fish.
Dioclea ssp.
Common name(s): Sea purse
Dioclea ssp.
References: 1
Notes
The image probably reflects several species of the genus Dioclea.
Entada gigas
Common name(s): Sea heart
Entada gigas
References: 1
Fevillea cordifolia
Common name(s): Antidote vine
Fevillea cordifolia
References: 1
Hernandia nymphaeifolia
Common name(s): Lantern tree
Hernandia nymphaeifolia
References: (none)
Hevea brasiliensis
Common name(s): Rubber tree
Hevea brasiliensis
References: (none)
Hippomane mancinella
Common name(s): Manchineel
Hippomane mancinella
References: 1
Hymenaea courbaril
Common name(s): West Indian Locust
Hymenaea courbaril
References: 1
Ipomoea alba
Common name(s): Moonflower
Ipomoea alba
References: 1, 2
Ipomoea pes-caprae
Common name(s): Railroad vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
References: 1
Notes
To the left of the penny is an example of what you might find on the beach. To the right are seeds I collected from the actual plant in the dunes, which still retain their fuzzy coating.
Juglans (?)
Common name(s): Jamaica walnut(?)
Juglans (?)
References: 1, 2
Juglans neotropica
Common name(s): Tropical walnut
Juglans neotropica
References: 1, 2
Juglans nigra
Common name(s): Black walnut
Juglans nigra
References: 1, 2
Lecythidaceae
Common name(s): Anchovy Pear
Lecythidaceae
References: 1
Manicaria saccifera
Common name(s): Sea coconut, Golfball
Manicaria saccifera
References: 1
Merremia discoidesperma
Common name(s): Mary's bean
Merremia discoidesperma
References: 1
Mucuna fawcettii
Common name(s): ??
Mucuna fawcettii
References: 1
Mucuna holtonii
Common name(s): ??
Mucuna holtonii
References: 1
Mucuna sloanei
Common name(s): Brown hamburger bean, True sea bean
Mucuna sloanei
References: 1
Mucuna urens
Common name(s): Red hamburger bean
Mucuna urens
References: 1
Omphalea diandra
Common name(s): Jamaican naval spurge
Omphalea diandra
References: 1
Oxyrhynchus trinervius
Common name(s): Little marble
Oxyrhynchus trinervius
References: 1, 2
Pandanus sp.
Common name(s): Screw pine
Pandanus sp.
References: 1
Phytelephas sp.
Common name(s): Ivory palm, Ivory-nut palm
Phytelephas sp.
References: 1, 2
Pongamia pinnata
Common name(s): Cat's eye, Milletia pinnata
Pongamia pinnata
References: 1, 2
Notes
There are specimens of this tree growing in Miami Beach. Because it is not all that durable, seeds of this species found on South Florida beaches are likely of local origin.
Poupartia amazonica
Common name(s): Black sea-biscuit
Poupartia amazonica
References: 1
Pterocarpus officinalis
Common name(s): Bloodwood, Dragon's blood tree
Pterocarpus officinalis
References: 1
Sacoglottis amazonica
Common name(s): Blister pod, Grenade pod
Sacoglottis amazonica
References: 1
Sapindus saponaria
Common name(s): Soapberry
Sapindus saponaria
References: 1
Scaevola taccada
Common name(s): White Inkberry
Scaevola taccada
References: 1
Notes
This plant grows abundantly in coastal South Florida. It is invasive and numerous initiatives exist to erradiate it from the dunes in Miami Beach.
Spondias mombin
Common name(s): Hog plum
Spondias mombin
References: 1
Terminalia catappa
Common name(s): Tropical almond
Terminalia catappa
References: 1
Thespesia populnea
Common name(s): Seaside mahoe
Thespesia populnea
References: 1
Unidentified
Common name(s):
Unidentified
References: (none)
Wodyetia bifurcata
Common name(s): Foxtail palm
Wodyetia bifurcata
References: 1, 2
Ximenia americana
Common name(s): Tallownut, tallowwood
Ximenia americana
References: 1