Monday, January 27, 2014

Rosary Peas: Florida's Deadliest Plant

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7 Comments:

At January 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Nice! But you didn't leave enough space for a solo. I'll have to do the whole thing in 64th notes.

 
At January 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a couple Coral Ban plants I planted in my yard. I have heard the beans are poisonous but not as bad as the one you Are describing. Mine are Florida native.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/m/#publication?id=FP197

 
At January 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Oh yes. Coral beans are Erythrina herbacea. The flowers are beautiful.

A few years back I planted some in my front yard as nitrogen fixers. They keep coming back - I love 'em. Poisonous, but nothing like Abrus precatorius.

They have solid red beans, whereas the "Rosary pea" has smaller, glossier seeds with a large black spot at one end.

 
At January 27, 2014 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I would be surprised to hear you play anything less than 128th notes, honestly.

 
At January 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM , Anonymous Andi | Greenbasket.me said...

Neat! I have some jewelry from Peru with these beans as part of the jewelry, they're apparently considered good luck charms. Bring some to my seed swap at Earthskills? I'd like to see if they'll grow here.

 
At January 28, 2014 at 4:31 AM , Blogger George G said...

Interesting plant.
Amazing the Abrin toxin is 75 more toxic than Ricin.
Maybe the toxin is not easily absorbed in the intestine (even when the seed coat is chewed)
This case is a man who attempted suicide by chewing 10 seeds he ordered over the internet.
But survived.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20563676

 
At January 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Wow. That's a wild case.

 

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