balloon vine


balloon vine
a tropical climbing plant, Cardiospermum halicacabum, of the soapberry family, bearing big, bladderlike pods and black seeds with a white, heart-shaped spot.
[1830-40, Amer.]

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plant
also called  Heart-pea, or Heart-seed 

      (species Cardiospermum halicacabum), woody perennial vine in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) that is native to subtropical and tropical America. It is naturalized and cultivated widely as an ornamental for its white flowers and its nearly globular inflated fruits, which are about 2.5 cm (1 inch) across. The seeds are black with a heart-shaped white spot. The vine can reach an extension of 3 m (10 feet) as a perennial but is usually grown from seed as an annual.

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