Abrus precatorius is a winding climber with glabrescent, mostly greenish yellow young branches
Glycine abrus L., Abrus abrus (L.) W. Wight
Northern/ Eastern hills, INDIA
Seed Collection period
Soaked in water for 24 hrs
Evergreen, Timber, Specimen Tree
Abrus precatorius is a winding climber with glabrescent, mostly greenish yellow young branches. The plant, a native of Indonesia also of tropical Africa and Madagascar is found throughout India, ascending to an altitude of about 1,050m in the outer Himalayas. The plant is invasive in tropical climates, with deep roots, which can't be easily removed. Abrus precatorius seeds are poisonous. Alternate, peri pinnate leaves, alternately arranged. Every pod contains 3-5 seeds, oval in shape,which are about 6mm long. One seed is enough to kill an adult human being. The seeds are brightly colored, mostly a combination of black and red. Abrus precatorius seeds are widely used in jewelry and other artwork. The seeds have been traditionally used by Indians for weighing gold, due to their consistency in weight.