While camping at Oscar Scherer State Park last fall, our campsite had a beautiful climbing vine at the end of it. When I pointed it out, everyone in my family said, "Is that a fern?" The leaves were small, wispy, and fernlike. Kind of similar to Hummingbird Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) but with bean pods. I pointed out that ferns don't grow into vines or make pods... Now that I've said that, someone probably has some kind of odd cycad that does produce pod-like growths.
This particular vine was about 15 feet tall, it climbed from the ground into an oak tree very dramatically. It had 4 or 5 stems which were intertwined (growing up an older vine?) and many, many clumps of pods that looked like this one. I regret not having my camera for a photo of it!
After mysteriously finding one of the pods in my camping gear when we got home... I'm having trouble identifying the beany goodness. It's springtime, it would be a beautiful, probably native, addition to the place, especially if I can germinate it into some hanging baskets. Possibly edible? Possibly edible to rabbits?
I was shocked to open it and find the beans were bright red with black caps (like a cowpea gone over to the darkside, mwa ha ha). I'm leaning more towards potentially poisonous now. I wonder what its flower looked like?!
Yea, those are all over the place here in Florida. Many of the seeds will germinate but I wouldn't grow them. My concern is that they degrade over time and I would not want to fuss with the soil were a patch is, Especially with bare hands.