Poinciana Tree Pods are the dried seed pods of the Caesalpina tree, which is native to tropical and subtropical regions of The Americas. It's widely cultivated and spread throughout the Americas, including Hawaii and the West Indies. Ours are sourced from Texas, and they're really cool little botanicals! They are free of pesticides or other contaminants, and are carefully collected gently cleaned, and sun dried.
Very similar in appearance to the larger Kachnar Tree Pods, only smaller and thinner, these botanicals are also known to contain some antimicrobials, flavonoids, and of course, tannins. They remind us of little cinnamon sticks!
Poinciana Tree Pods are a perfect little addition to a mixed substrate of botanicals and leaves. They're great botanicals to use to simulate a stream bottom biotope, providing foraging areas for fish, and a cool, natural look.
Like most botanicals, these will recruit some biofilms over time. They are small and rather delicate-looking, averaging about 3"-4" (7.62--10.16cm) in length. They look really cool when mixed in with other, morphologically "complimentary" botanicals, like Catappa Bark, Oak Twigs, Fishtail Palm stems, etc.
These neat little botanicals will leach some tannins into the water over the long term. You'll need to boil them for at least 15 minutes (sometimes a bit more) to release some of the initial tannins and organics that may be trapped in their tissues.
You might want to employ an overnight soak as well, just to make sure they release any remaining surface dirt, lignin, and organics released during the boiling process. And, like some of the other "twisted" botanicals, they can "un-twist" themselves after preparation..Not to worry- they're actually pliable enough after boiling to "reshape" them by hand if you want!
Poinciana TreePods are really cool aquatic botanicals, with a great combination of aesthetics, form, and function for a variety of aquatic uses! We include 8 in a package so you can really take advantage of their unique shape!
ORIGIN: Tropical/Subtropical America and The West Indies
NOTE: These are a natural product, and display variation in color, size, and texture. Each pod is unique! The photo serves as a reasonable representation of what to expect.
All of our aquatic botanicals are intended for ornamental aquarium or terrarium use only. Please use common sense and take the time to boil or soak all botanicals prior to using them, to reduce the possibility of problems. Always go slow when introducing any botanicals into your systems, so you can judge the effect they have on your fishes and plants. They are not intended for human consumption. DO NOT INGEST!
NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
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