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Taxon: Abrus precatorius L.

 
Genus: Abrus
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Abreae
Nomen number: 739
Place of publication: Syst. nat. ed. 12, 2:472. 1767
Link to protologue:
Typification: View in Linnean Typification Project
Name Verified on: 21-Oct-1986 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 17 (5 active, 3 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental
  • Materials: beads
  • Medicines: folklore; folklore
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed)

Distributional Range:

    Native

    Africa
    • NORTHEAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Sudan
    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Rwanda
    • WEST TROPICAL AFRICA: Niger, Togo
    • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Botswana, Eswatini, Namibia, South Africa [KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga]
    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles

    Asia-Temperate
    • CHINA: China [Guangdong Sheng, Yunnan Sheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu]
    • EASTERN ASIA: Taiwan

    Asia-Tropical
    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
    • PAPUASIA: Papua New Guinea
    • INDO-CHINA: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines

    Australasia
    • AUSTRALIA: Australia [Queensland, Western Australia (n.), Northern Territory]

    Pacific
    • NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC: Micronesia
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL PACIFIC: French Polynesia [Tuamotu Archipelago]
    • SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC: Fiji


    Cultivated (cult. in tropics)

    Naturalized (natzd. in neotropics)

References:

  1. Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson. 2012. Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource) URL: www.skud.info
  2. Aubréville, A. et al., eds. 1960-. Flore du Cambodge du Laos et du Viet-Nam.
  3. Boudet, G. et al. 1986. Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali
  4. Breteler, F. J. 1960. Revision of Abrus Adanson (Pap.) with special reference to Africa. Blumea 10:617.
  5. Brunel, J. F. et al., eds. 1984. Flore analytique du Togo. Phanerogames
  6. Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. 1980-. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon.
  7. Duke, J. A. et al. 2002. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs
  8. Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage
  9. Fosberg, F. R. et al. 1979-1982. Geographical checklist of the Micronesian Dicotyledonae/ Pteridophyta and Gymnospermae.
  10. Germishuizen, G. & N. L. Meyer, eds. 2003. Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14
  11. Grierson, A. J. C. & D. J. Long. 1984-. Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim.
  12. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. Note: re. Brazilian common names
  13. Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6
  14. Hara, H. et al. 1978-1982. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal.
  15. Holm, L. et al. 1979. A geographical atlas of world weeds
  16. Howard, R. 1974-1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles.
  17. Huang, S. F. & T. C. Huang. 1987. Taxonomic treatment of the Papilionoideae (Leguminosae) of Taiwan. Taiwania 32:11-117.
  18. Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
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  33. Sanjappa, M. 1992. Legumes of India
  34. Smith, R. J. Botanical beads of the world (on-line resource). URL: http://www.botanicalbeads.com/BBB_page_50.html target='_blank'
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  39. Westphal, E. & P. C. M. Jansen, eds. 1989. A selection. Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA) A:27.

Check other web resources for Abrus precatorius L. :

  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Images:

  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=739. Accessed 21 August 2019.