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Black-Eyed Susan - Crab Eye (Abrus Precatorius)

Black-Eyed Susan - Crab Eye (Abrus Precatorius)

BLACK-EYED SUSAN, CRAB'S EYE, ROSARY PEA, OR JEQUIRITY BEAN
Abrus precatorius L.

DESCRIPTION: A smooth, slender, branching vine best known for its seeds. The seeds are scarlet with a black patch, shiny and rounded. The leaves have seven to twelve pairs of oblong leaflets, each about a half inch long. Small pink or lavender flowers are crowded in short clusters.

POISONOUS PARTS: The seeds. HIGHLY TOXIC if eaten raw or inserted under the skin. (One seed is enough to kill.)

SYMPTOMS: Nausea, vomiting, frequent bowel movements, weakness, cold sweat, colic, weak and fast pulse, and trembling of the hands.

WHAT TO DO: CALL 911 to get help.

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