Worms and Flowers

Plumeria Seed Pod

Posted in Plumeria by Lzyjo on June 23, 2009

Last week the plumeria seed pod finally popped open.


There were almost forty seeds in the pod, approximately 20 per side.


The seed are stacked like shingles. Their tails are attached to the pod.


The collage shows the first 60 days when most of the development occurs.


Above is how the pod looked just before it split open. I thought there was something wrong with it, since it looked brown and mushy (think of the texture of a vanilla bean) . The drying seems to be the final stage of ripening that causes the pod to split open.

Due to the genetics of plumeria, seeds of pink cultivars, like this one, or red, produce the most variation in their offspring. Seeds from the classic white are more likely to produce 50% white offspring.

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  1. Darla said, on June 23, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    that’s interesting.

    I saved the dried husk, I don’t know what I’m going to do with it but it has an amazing shape and leathery texture. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Faith said, on June 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Ingenious! 🙂


    It’s amazing seeing the way they are stacked perfectly on top of each other!

  3. gail said, on June 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Isn’t nature amazing! gail

    I’m always inspired by the universal geometry of life. I always think of the golden mean and the appealing design sensibilities of the Ancient Greeks. I never tire of nature!

  4. Gururaj said, on June 23, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Thanks! Very informative. I’m planning to buy Plumeria soon and propagate if possible! Look forward to seeing more photos of these flowers.

    I’m looking forward to the flowers too, hopefully soon. Good luck with your plumeria adventures! They are very addictive!

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