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Abrus precatorius (jequerity; rosarypea; crab's eye; Black-eyed Susan; Crab's Eyes; Rosary Pea; Red Bean Vine; Licorice; tento muido; Lele; Peonia; Peronia; Peronila; Tento; Jumbie bean; Reglisse; Pitipitio; Jumbie Bead; Wild Licorice; Ojo De Cangrejo; John Crow Bead; Wire Wiss; Wild Liquorice; Soldat; Reglisse Marronne; Reglisse d'Amerique; Reglis; Quinquet; Precatory Bean; Pomea Mataila; Pois Rouge; Pipi Tio; Marronne; Liane Reglisse; Leredamu; Kuntu-mani; Kundu-mani; Jumbee Bead; Jiquiriti; Jequirity Bean; Jequirity; Indian Liquorice; Indian Liqourice; Herbe de Diable; Gwen Leglise; Graines D'Eglise; Graine Rouge; Graine Diable; Diridamu; Crab's-eye Vine; Cascavelle; Bead Vine)

Synonyms: Abrus abrus; Abrus cyaneus; Abrus maculatus; Abrus minor; Abrus pauciflorus; Abrus precatorius var. novo-guineensis; Abrus squamulosus; Abrus tunguensis; Glycine abrus
Language: French; Hindi; Sinhala

Wikipedia Abstract

Abrus precatorius, known commonly as jequirity, Crab's eye, rosary pea, John Crow Bead, precatory bean, Indian licorice, Akar Saga, gidee gidee or Jumbie bead in Trinidad & Tobago, is a slender, perennial climber that twines around trees, shrubs, and hedges. It is a legume with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves. The plant is best known for its seeds, which are used as beads and in percussion instruments, and which are toxic due to the presence of abrin.
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Invasive Species

Abrus precatorius a legume, is a nitrogen fixer and where present in large stands can alter soil nutrient status. It is also suspected to have allelopathic effects that could alter native species recruitment.
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Leaf Type [1]  Deciduous
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [1]  Shrub

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Big Cypress National Preserve V 732120 Florida, United States
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Kakadu National Park II 4744348 Northern Territory, Australia
Pico Mogote Ecological Reserve II 3698 Cuba  
Purnululu National Park II 604999 Western Australia, Australia
Seaflower Marine Protected Area 15125514 Colombia      
Tuabaquey - Limones Ecological Reserve II 4859 Cuba  


Drepanococcus cajani[3]
Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)[4]
Nipaecoccus viridis (karoo thorn mealybug)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


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Species recognized by , , ILDIS World Database of Legumes in Catalog of Life 2011
Attributes / relations provided by 1Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935 2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture 3Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009 4Daniels, J. C. Ceraunus Blue Butterfly, Hemiargus ceraunus (Fabricius)(Insecta: Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). University of Florida
Invasive Status provided by Global Invasive Species Database Downloaded on 10 May 2011.
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Institution information provided by Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway Ministry of Agriculture and Food - February 2013