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*Abrus precatorius Linnaeus. Rosary Pea, Precatory Bean, Crab's Eyes, Jequirity, Black-eyed Susan. Phen: Jun-Sep. Hab: Disturbed areas. Dist: Native of the Paleotropics. The species is naturalized in peninsular FL, as far as north as Marion County; it was also apparently reported for GA, AL, and AR by Isely (1998) and Kartesz (1999), but this is actually based on mislabeling in Map 64 in Isely (1998).

Origin/Endemic status: Paleotropics

Other Comments: The beautiful black-and-red beans have been traditionally used for jewelry and rosaries; they are extremely poisonous, though, and should be used with caution.

Synonymy: = Bah, Fl3, K1, K3, K4, SE3, WH3, Isely (1998); = Abrus abrus (L.) W.Wight – S

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