(Greek, heart-seed, 'from the white heart-shaped spot on the round black seed; hence
the plant was thought a cure for heart diseases). Sapinddeace. Thirty tropical American species of climbing herbs, with alternate, biternate lvs., coarsely serrate lfts., and small white fls. in axillary racemes or corymbs. The most popular is the interesting Balloon Vine, which is a rapid-growing, tender annual, curious for its in flated seed-vessels.
Halicltcabum, Linn. Fig. 359. Height, 10 ft.: stem and branches grooved: balloons an inch or more thick. E. and W. Indies. B.M. 1049.—A general favorite, especially with children. W.M.