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Rosary Pea

Abrus precatorius


Rosary Pea 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. Wikipedia


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. This plant is a weed in Florida.


The seeds of Abrus precatorius are much valued in native jewelry for their bright coloration. Most beans are black and red, suggesting a ladybug, though other colors are available. Jewelry-making with jequirity seeds is dangerous, and there have been cases of death by a finger-prick while boring the seeds for beadwork

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emanuelgoyco 10 years ago

Great i saw them the other day but had trouble finding its name! Now i know!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

That's amazing about the beadwork risk.

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Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 14, 2013
Submitted on Jan 16, 2013

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