Giant Peanut Vine
A climbing plant in the legume family (Fabaceae), found in the primary rainforests of Borneo, where it climbs tall trees. Its attactive red flowers are produced in clusters on the lower parts of its stem, sometimes even on the forest floor, and are followed by seed pods that resemble giant peanuts. Each cluster may hold up to about 20 pods, which contain one to three large seeds (nuts). When still immature, the pods are collected by the native people to extract the soft, young seeds. They have to be boiled for a while, with three changes of water to render them suitable for eating. The boiled seeds are eaten as a vegetable, with a taste not unlike that of potato, or as a snack. When fully ripe, the pods will drop from the vine and split open to expose the very hard seeds, which germinate quickly in moist soil. Each mature seed weighs from about 80 to 160 grams. An extremely rare and little known "fruit".