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Abrus precatorius

(Common name:- Rosary pea)

Classification

Abrus precatorius

Rosary pea is an ornamental plant and an efficient abortifacient herb.

History

The range of this herb is native of India and other parts of Asia. It is small shrub with alternatively compound leaves.

The plant is an ornamental in some parts of world though it is highly toxic.

The red seeds of rosary pea are used in jewellery.

Plant Description

The plant is small tropical climbing vine that grows indigenous in Indonesia and Surinam.

The flowers are small pale violet coloured that are arranged in cluster.

The leaves are alternate 5-13cm long and pinnately compound with 5-15 pairs of leaflets.

The fruit is a small oblong red colour pod with a black base splitting before as if it will fall is hard seeds of about 6-7 mm long.

Cultivation

Abrus is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental plant due to its beautiful seed pods.

It can be commonly seen as weed of roadside, garden, disturbed sites and waterways sites of eastern Australia.

It has become naturalized and cultivated in northern Australia, south-eastern Asia, tropical Asia and western pacific.

Parts Used

Seed pods are used

Uses

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