Abrus precatorius

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 Abrus precatorius subsp. var.  Coral pea, Crab's eyes, Paternoster beans
Habit: vine-climber
Height: to
Width: to
35ft 3ft
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Lifespan: perennial
Poisonous: seeds toxic
Bloom: early fall, mid fall, late fall
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Features: flowers, naturalizes, invasive
Hidden fields, interally pass variables to right place
Minimum Temp: °Fwarning.png"°F" is not a number.
USDA Zones: 10 to 12
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: white
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Abrus precatorius, known commonly as Jequirity, Crab's Eye, Rosary Pea, 'John Crow' Bead, Precatory bean, Indian Licorice, Akar Saga, Giddee Giddee or Jumbie Bead in Trinidad & Tobago,[1] is a slender, perennial climber that twines around trees, shrubs, and hedges. It is a legume with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves. The seed contains the toxic poison abrin. The plant is native to Indonesia and grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world where it has been introduced. It has a tendency to become weedy and invasive where it has been introduced.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Abrus precatorius. Crab's-eye Vine. Weather-Plant. Height 10-12 ft.; frequently trailing over the ground S.: lfts. oblong, in numerous pairs: fls. varying from rose to white: seeds bright scarlet, with a black spot, used by Buddhists for rosaries, in India as standards of weight, and in the W. Indies in bead work. Seeds irritant; also used as an abortive in U. S. A variety with a cream-colored bean is offered by Reasoner Bros.: Tropics generally.—The claims made for its weather-foretelling properties are exposed by Oliver in Kew Bull. Jan., 1890. It does, however, "go to sleep" during storms, but this is a feature of other legumes. Sometimes confused with Rhynchosia phaseoloides (syn. R. precatoria), which has similar seeds, but is a very different plant with large, 3-foliolate, bean-like lvs.CH

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  1. Mendes (1986), p. 79.

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