Abrus precatorius

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Taxonomy
Kingdom:
Plantae
Phylum:
Magnoliophyta
Class:
Magnoliopsida
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus:
Abrus
Species:
A. precatorius
Scientific Name
Abrus precatorius
L.
Common Names
rosarypea, crab's eye, jequerity, pois rouge, precatory bean, tento muido

Overview

Appearance
Abrus precatorius is a small, perennial, high climbing vine.
Foliage
Alternate compound leaves, 2-5 in. (5-13 cm) long, with 5 to 15 pairs of oblong leaflets. A key characteristic in identifying Abrus precatorius is the lack of a terminal leaflet on the compound leaves.
Flowers
The flowers are small, pale, and violet to pink, clustered in leaf axils.
Fruit
The fruit is characteristic of a legume. The pod is oblong, flat and truncate shaped, roughly 1.5-2 in. (3.8-5 cm) long. This seedpod curls back when it opens, revealing the seeds. The seeds are small, brilliant red with a black spot.
Ecological Threat
Abrus precatorius can grow over small trees and shrubs. Roots grow very deeply onto the ground and are very difficult to remove. Fire encourages the growth of Abrus precatorius.

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