Top 10 Poisonous Plants
Abrus precatorius - Rosary pea
Abrus precatorius – Rosary pea
“Pet poisonous” – Toxic parts: seeds
Abrus precatorius, known commonly as jequirity bean or rosary pea is a herbaceous flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae. It is a slender, perennial climber with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves that twines around trees, shrubs, and hedges.
The plant is best known for its seeds, which are used as beads and in percussion instruments, and which are toxic because of the presence of abrin. Ingestion of a single seed, well chewed, can be fatal to both adults and children. The plant is native to a number of tropical areas. It has a tendency to become weedy and invasive where it has been introduced.