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Mora megistosperma


Large seed, tan in color, 6" length, 4" height, 2 " thick. The skin feels like leather. It appears it has started to sprout. When gently squeezed it feels spongy. I though it might be a pod with a bunch of seeds inside, but I think this is a single seed. I pictured it with a 750ml bottle of Olive Oil to give you a true perspective on how large this thing is.


I found it on the beach. Most likely traveled by sea.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AnnaWhipkey 12 years ago
Alcornoque, Mangle nato, Mora, Nato, Pracouba
Mora megistosperma - A Sea-Bean Guide: Sea-Beans of Costa Rica

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 12 years ago

Amazing !- let us know when and if it sprouts...

Warm 12 years ago

OMG! Giant seed!

Nicholas4 12 years ago
Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

@ Nicholas ,hello and great to see you as always! yes it was a matter of speech.I agree . :))

Nicholas4 12 years ago

It was just a way of saying where did it come from.. a matter of speech..agreed.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

or could most likely be what Anna suggested?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

@ Nicholas,this did not drop from a tree. My feeling is that some fruit was eaten and this pod left behind.
Could be a mango tree?

Nicholas4 12 years ago

So whats the plant or tree which this one dropped from Emma?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

Have you ever eaten a mango? A mango can have a large seed pod. However this large seed pod has only one large seed. We usually roast this seed in the oven and eat it.

Nicholas4 12 years ago

I would consider a tropical soil mix..(Store bought) which tends to drain well.. large pot with gravel on the bottom and plant the seed with the sprout facing up.. Just cover the seeds loosely with the soil.. water yourself sparingly, since the seeds have all the moisture they need to germinate in them.. that's why they are that large.. (for most plants)..Leave the sprout just proud of the soil.. heat and light is paramount and keep it away from rain storm water..
Its not the exact thing to do, but its a good start.

AnnaWhipkey 12 years ago

I think this image of Mora megistosperma matches yours

JungleLoveMamasita 12 years ago

I have it in some water right now. any suggestions on how I should care for it.

I am going to bring it to a local farmer and see if they know what it is. I will keep you posted.

ToFastenWithStitches 12 years ago

Wow that's amazing it's huge! :)

Nicholas4 12 years ago

Big seed pod, giant tree!!
Give it some room and tropical soil and see what happens.. Love to see some time lapse sequences..

VivBraznell 12 years ago

Wow! Be interested to know what this is and where it is likely to have come from

Bahía Ballena, Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 30, 2011
Submitted on Nov 30, 2011

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