Entada gigalobium (aslo known as Monkey Ladder) is a species of flowering Liana in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to Central America, the Caribbean, northern South America, and Africa.
It is notable for having the family's largest seedpods which measure 4 1/2 Inches (12 cm) across and can reach 6 1/2 foot (2 m) in length. Inside the pods are ten to fifteen seeds, each of which have an approximate diameter of 2 1/2 Inches (6 cm) and a thickness of around 3/4 Inches (2 cm).
The seeds contain a hollow cavity, which gives them buoyancy. After being washed by rain into rivers and then the ocean, the seeds of E. gigas drift long distances on ocean currents. Seed buoyancy and vitality lasts at least two years.
Seed willingly germinate however work is required as the seeds need to filed down with a tool to penetrate the hard seed coat.
The vine can grow 3-4 inches per day so be considerate of it's placement. It can be massive. Does not tolerate any frost. Images of plant and pods are for reference only.