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Abutilon sonnertianum

Abrus precatorius

Abrus precatorius

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Abrus precatorius (Fabaceae) A small climbing tropical vine with alternately compound leaves. The flowers are small, pale, violet to pink and arranged in clusters. The fruit (a pod) is flat and truncate - shaped. This seedpod curls back when it opens to reveal the seeds. The small, hard, brilliant red seeds with a black spot are very toxic due to the phytochemical abrin (consisting of 5 glyco-proteins); a single seed if broken, can cause blindness or even death if ingested. Fortunately, the toxin is only released if the seeds are broken (and swallowed) but this is unlikely since they have a hard seed coat. The small seeds are used in jewelry (necklaces). Sowing : Pour boiling water over seeds and let soak for 12 hours before planting. Plant in summer. Locality : Pietersburg. Date of harvest : Jan 2017