another horticultural mystery

Riddle me this, what could this be?

It starts off with the green pods

Then the pods turn orange

Before the pods burst open and the bean seeds are released

and these guys seem to like to hang out with the fruit

11 thoughts on “another horticultural mystery

  1. The insect looks like an leaf sucking bug of some kind. Those seeds look like the size on almond. I’d say the tree is an exotic species. Ratty

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  2. Sterculia quadrifida, also known as the Peanut Tree, or Red-fruited kurrajong is a small tree that grows in the rainforests, vine thickets and gallery forests of coastal Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales.
    Seed pods are orange outside and orange or red inside when ripe. These pods contain up to 8 black seeds that are edible and taste like raw peanuts.

    Alternative common names for this species include Kuman, Orange-fruited Kurrajong, Orange-fruited Sterculia, Red-fruited Kurrajong, Smooth-seeded Kurrajong, White Crowsfoot and Small-flowered Kurrajong.

    The bark is used by Aboriginal people in their traditional weaving techniques to make baskets and other products.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterculia_quadrifida

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