- Abrus precatorius is a small, perennial, high climbing vine.
- Alternate compound leaves, 2-5 in. (5-13 cm) long, with 5 to 15 pairs of oblong leaflets. A key characteristic in identifying Abrus precatorius is the lack of a terminal leaflet on the compound leaves.
- The flowers are small, pale, and violet to pink, clustered in leaf axils.
- The fruit is characteristic of a legume. The pod is oblong, flat and truncate shaped, roughly 1.5-2 in. (3.8-5 cm) long. This seedpod curls back when it opens, revealing the seeds. The seeds are small, brilliant red with a black spot.
- Ecological Threat
- Abrus precatorius can grow over small trees and shrubs. Roots grow very deeply onto the ground and are very difficult to remove. Fire encourages the growth of Abrus precatorius.
- Identification and Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas - University of Florida
- Abrus precatorius - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa
- Invasive Species Management Plans for Florida - University of Florida - Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Forest and Kim Starr
Florida Division of Plant Industry Archive
EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org
Invasive Listing Sources
- Archbold Biological Station
- Faith Campbell, 1998
- Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council - Category I
- Nonnative Invasive Species in Southern Forest and Grassland Ecosystems
- Treasure Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Mgmt. Area - EARLY DRAFT
- WeedUS - Database of Plants Invading Natural Areas in the United States
Other System LinksPlants: ABPR3
NPDN Pest: PCQABBA
NPDN Host: 36595
|Common Name Reference:|| USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|
|Scientific Name Reference:||USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|