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A genus of leguminous plants. The root of Abrus precatorius, Indian liquorice, is sometimes used as a substitute for liquorice; the seeds are toxic and chewing may cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and death.
[more correctly Habrus, from G. habros, graceful]


pantropical plant genus of the legume family Fabaceae.

Abrus precatorius
seeds contain a toxin, abrin, which causes severe diarrhea and paralysis. Called also jequirity, love precatory, lucky or paternoster bean, rosary or coral pea, crab's eye, minnie-minnie, Indian liquorice.
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There are other plants such as cannabis, Abrus precatorius, toxalbumin in Ricinus communis, cocaine from Erythroxylum coca, ergot alkaloids from Claviceps purpureaand morning glory lily, poison hemlok, reserpine, and digitalis glycosides in foxglove involved in toxic manifestations in other parts of the country.
The species of both plant genera, Abrus and Mucuna, are found worldwide in the tropical and subtropical areas only.
1 III Lithacne pauciflora -- 1 III Allophyllus cominia -- 1 III Celtis trinervia -- 1 III Faramea occidentalis -- 1 III Anthurium cubense -- 1 III Urera baccifera -- 1 III Lianas Cissus verticillata -- 1 V Pithecoctenium echinatum -- 1 IV Pisonia aculeata -- 1 IV Gouania lupuloides -- 1 IV Abrus precatorius 1 IV Trichostigma octandrum -- 1 III Hyperbaena sp.
Long before standardized, cast-metal weights were invented, seeds that were known for their consistent weight, such as those of the Abrus precatorius, were used to weigh gold.
The subspecies africanus of Abrus precatorius (Reglisse marronne) is widely distributed in Africa, but is also native to Madagascar and the Mascarenes.
Abrus had served as a military photographer in the army and ran a fashion photography business before becoming an actor.
Irwin & Barneby Asia 1 Subfamily Papilionioideae Abrus precatorius L.
Hutchkinson is no fan of Catholics and proposes a way to dispense of them by using rosaries made of the seeds of Abrus precatorius, the rosary seed plant.
2009) were also in agreement with our result for using this synthetic plant growth regulator in the culture medium for Withania somnifera, Cardiospermum halicacabum Linn and Abrus precatorious, respectively.
This is in consonance with that of an earlier report on certain under-utilized legumes such as Abrus precatorius, Mucuna pruriens var.