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Abrus precatorius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Abreae
Genus: Abrus

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  • Hoepfneria Vatke

Abrus is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae and the only genus found in the tribe Abreae. It contains, 13–18 species, but is best known for a single species, Jequirity (A. precatorius). The highly toxic seeds of that species are used to make jewellery.[1][2][3]


The red and black seeds of Abrus precatorius.


  1. ^ Hartley, Martin R. (2010). Toxic Plant Proteins. Springer. pp. 134–. ISBN 9783642121760. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Robert Alan (1998). Lewisʼ Dictionary of Toxicology. CRC Press. pp. 3–4. ISBN 9781566702232. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Allen, Oscar Nelson; Alen, Ethel K. (1981). The Leguminosae: A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation. Univ of Wisconsin Press. pp. 4–. ISBN 9780299084004. Retrieved 1 January 2013.