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Pests > Pests Entities > Weeds > Hura crepitans, seed, Australia (interception)
August 2002. Seed pods were intercepted by Australia quarantine, and an identification was required. The seed pod as collected in Papua New Guinea as a souvenir. This pod is 7-8 cm diam. and 3 cm high. The pod has definite segments and within each segment sits a cosy fitting, large but narrow seed.
After some false starts, when it was suggested that it was a sea urchin, it was identified by members as Hura crepitans,sandbox tree, a member of the Euphorbiaceae. Be careful of this seed pod. It has an explosive dispersal mechanism, which causes it to explode when sufficiently dried out. It is in the Book of Exploding Fruits.