Ormosia coccinea

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Ormosia coccinea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Ormosia
Species: O. coccinea
Binomial name
Ormosia coccinea
(Aubl.) Jacks.

Robinia coccinea Aubl.

Ormosia coccinea is a plant that grows throughout the South Eastern North American countries, and all throughout South America. It produces beautiful red seeds with one black spot covering one-third of its surface. These seeds are used for jewelry and other decorative purposes. The seeds are poisonous if eaten.

The seeds are known as wayruru (Aymara,[1] also spelled huayruro, huayruru, wayruro) in Peru, where villagers believe them to be powerful good luck charms[citation needed], and nene or chumico in Costa Rica. A French name is panacoco, but this more often applies to Swartzia tomentosa.


  1. ^ "Diccionario Bilingüe, Castellano - Aymara, 2002". Félix Layme Pairumani. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2015. (see: Pepa)

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