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Rajesh D. Sachdev

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Jul 12, 2008, 8:04:14 AM7/12/08
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Hi all, Shot this plant/Tree at Mafco Colony, SGNP/ It is very much common in areas of SGNP ( Yeoor, Nagla, Tungareshwar & Yeoor )
 
Kindly help in identifying it.

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Pankaj Oudhia

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Jul 12, 2008, 8:06:16 AM7/12/08
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It looks like Abrus precatorius.

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Madhuri Pejaver

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Jul 12, 2008, 8:18:31 AM7/12/08
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this is a creeper called gunj in marathi. seeds are red and black. this seeds were used to way gold in old days. leaves r used in pan ie beetle leaves. it has good digestive capacity. leaves are sweet. can be eaten even fresh.
name may be some alby----
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Rajesh D. Sachdev

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Jul 12, 2008, 8:26:20 AM7/12/08
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OK..Thanx Madhuriji & Pankaj ji.
After you guys confirm the ID I looked at Isaac's book of Common Indian Wild flowers.
It seems that the plant also has flowers in September to November which I may notice this season.
It's common name is Crab Eyed Creeper and it is widely distributed not only in India, but in Srilanka & in Pakistan also, in deciduous forests.. The seeds in the pic are toxic and are used for ornamental purpose.
 
How informative Issac's book is on this.
 
Thanx all.
 
Rajesh

 

Pankaj Oudhia

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Jul 12, 2008, 8:35:29 AM7/12/08
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J.M. Garg

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Jul 12, 2008, 8:35:56 AM7/12/08
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Some interesting extracts from Wikipedia link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jequirity

The Jequirity, also called Crab's Eye, Rosary Pea, 'John Crow' Bead, Precatory bean, Indian Licorice or Saga Tree (Abrus precatorius), is a legume with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves. It is also known as Gunja in Sanskrit and some Indian languages. Their seeds are often used as beads and in percussion instruments. The seed is highly poisonous but is unlikely to harm if swallowed raw and unbroken, as they have a hard seed coat.

The seeds of Abrus precatorius are much valued in native jewelry for their bright coloration. The third of the bean with the hilum (attachment scar) is black, while the rest is bright red, suggesting a ladybug. Jewelry-making with jequirity seeds is dangerous, and there have been cases of death by a finger-prick while boring the seeds for beadwork. However, it has long been a symbol of love in China.

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Aug 31, 2009, 11:04:55 AM8/31/09
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A reply from Vihang Vyasangi <ornitholo...@gmail.com> ji:
"Hello Everyone!
The database is excellent collection.
Thank you everyone involved.
Would like to bring to the notice of the group a minor change the
Gujarati name for Item no 5 (Abrus precatorius) should read
"Chanothi".
Regards,"
Thanks, Vihang ji.
Correction will be reflected in the Database soon.
2008/7/12 Pankaj Oudhia <pankaj...@gmail.com>
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