3856.000 Abrus Adans.

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and 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

Mozambique: 6 taxa.

Abrus precatorius subsp. africanus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
melanospermus (Hassk.) D.K.Harder subsp. suffruticosus (Boutique) D.K.Harder Z
melanospermus Hassk. subsp. tenuiflorus (Benth.) D.K. HarderN,MS,M
precatorius L. subsp. africanus Verdc.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
schimperi Hochst. ex Baker[Agg]T,MS
schimperi Hochst. ex Baker subsp. africanus (Vatke) Verdc.T
schimperi Hochst. ex Baker subsp. oblongus Verdc.MSDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Abrus
Flora of Caprivi: Abrus
Flora of Malawi: Abrus
Flora of Zambia: Abrus
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Abrus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Abrus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Abrus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=757, retrieved 25 April 2018

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