Abrus precatorius L.
|English||Indian liquorice, jequirity bean, crab's eye.|
|Indonesia||Saga, saga manis (General), saga telik (Javanese).|
|Philippines||Saga, kansasaga, bangati (General).|
|Cambodia||ângkreem, kre:m krâ:m (Kompong Thom).|
|Laos||Khua sa em, makam.|
|Thailand||Ma klam taanuu (Bangkok), klam khruea (Chiang Mai), ma khaam thao(Trang).|
|Vietnam||D[aa]y c[uw][owf]m th[ar]o, cam th[ar]o d[aa]y, d[aa]y t[uw][ow]ng t[uw].|
|French||Jéquirity, liane reglisse.|
Abrus precatorius is found in Africa, tropical and subtropical America (introduced), tropical Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands; throughout Southeast Asia.
Abrus precatorius is a woody climber which can reach up to 6(-9) m long. The stems often attain 1.5 cm in diametre.
There are 16-34 leaves which are oblong, with obovate-oblong or ovate leaflets and obtuse to acuminate at apex. The inflorescence is thick, robust and usually curved while the flowers are in dense clusters on cushion-like nodes.
The fruit is oblong and inflated with 1-7 seeds. The seeds are ovoid, scarlet with area around the black hilum, rarely entire black and whitish or yellowish.
Abrus precatorius occurs in grasslands, cropped lands (also as a weed), thickets, edges of monsoon rain forests and gallery forests up to 1500 m altitude.
1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12 (1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1.