Mucuna Macrocarpa, Rusty Leaf Muunai Vine
Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava
It was established in 1788, intending to acclimate plants of tropical origin on a portion of the Spanish territory, where the conditions seemed more favourable.
A French naturalist, P. Ledru visited the island at the end of the 18th century and undertook a catalogue of the collection based on the classification of Linné, realized in 1753.
Also known as the Rusty Leaf Mucuna, or the Long Fruited Muunai
A very large woody climber distributed throughout Taiwan and Southeastern Asia, but is said to be a native of the East Indies. Racemes can grow on an average of 21" long on mature vines and contain up to 90 beautiful purple and pale yellow flowers that take the shape of a parrots beak.
It makes a magnificent ornamental for warm temperate and tropical climates but needs a large established tree to climb on. Mucuna Macrocarpa is used in traditional and western medicine.
The large disk shaped seeds are rather hard to come by, hold their viability for many years, and are generally easy to germinate.