3856.000 Abrus Adans.

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3)

Description of the genus

Woody subshrubs or lianes. Leaves paripinnate; leaflets numerous, opposite, the rhachis projecting beyond the last pair. Inflorescences axillary or terminal; bracts and bracteoles present. Flowers white, yellow, pink or purple. Pod linear or oblong. Seeds subspherical or ellipsoid and flattened, usually shining, sometimes bright red and black (precatorius).

Worldwide: 17 species occurring throughout the tropics

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Abrus precatorius subsp. africanus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
precatorius L. subsp. africanus Verdc.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
schimperi Hochst. ex Baker[Agg]N,W,C,E,S
schimperi Hochst. ex Baker subsp. africanus (Vatke) Verdc.N,W,C
schimperi Hochst. ex Baker subsp. oblongus Verdc.N,E,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Abrus
Flora of Caprivi: Abrus
Flora of Malawi: Abrus
Flora of Mozambique: Abrus
Flora of Zambia: Abrus

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Abrus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Abrus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Abrus
Wikipedia: Abrus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Abrus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Abrus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Abrus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=757, retrieved 30 July 2021

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