African Dream Herb, Snuff Box Sea Bean, Cacoon Vine Entada rheedii - Entada rheedei

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Botanical Name:

Entada rheedii







Common Name:

African Dream Herb, Snuff Box Sea Bean, Cacoon Vine

Seeds Per Pound:
0.78 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
trailing and climbing to 350 feet long
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In Stock: 0.78 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 1 seeds)
1 oz (~ 1 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Carefully drill a hole in each seed coat. Drill all the way through the seed coat but stop before drilling too far into the embryo.
Soak in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Entada rheedii, commonly known as the African dream herb or snuff box sea bean, and as the cacoon vine in Jamaica, is a large woody liana or climber.
* Their seeds have a thick and durable seed coat which allows them to survive lengthy periods of immersion in seawater.
* honouring Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Draakestein (1637–1691).
* The species is employed in African traditional medicine to induce vivid dreams, enabling communication with the spirit world. The inner meat of the seed would be either consumed directly, or the meat would be chopped, dried, mixed with other herbs like tobacco and smoked just before sleep to induce the desired dreams.
* The plant is also used as a topical ointment against jaundice, toothache, ulcers and to treat muscular-skeletal problems. The seeds are sought after as pieces of jewelry and as good-luck charms.
* Its seeds are found on east and southern African beaches, having grown on river and estuary banks and in swamp forest. As a result of its ready dispersal by sea, Entada rheedii is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical countries, but strangely not the Americas. These include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Zaire, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, KwaZulu-Natal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland. more...