(140405SCS1-3) - Abrus precatorius, Sonepat, Haryana

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Suresh C. Sharma

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Apr 13, 2009, 9:12:17 PM4/13/09
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Abrus precatorius (pods, seeds and creeper).
 
Common English Name : Crab-eyed Creeper
Sanskrit : Gunja
Hindi : Ratti
Haryanvi dialect : Chirmiti
 
There is a superstition associated with the seeds of this climber.
If you want to cause querrels between/among married couple/family members, throw a few seeds in their house.
 
 
Seeds, though toxic, are used in traditional medicine.
 
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Suresh C. Sharma
 
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satish phadke

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Apr 14, 2009, 1:34:45 PM4/14/09
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These beautiful seeds are highly poisonous. chewing it can kill the person.
satish

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Swagat

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Apr 15, 2009, 9:38:44 AM4/15/09
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Satishji,

You are right... seeds are poisonous. But it's leaves and roots are used in Ayurvedic medicine.
It also called 'Rosary Pea' or 'Indian liquorica'.
It is from 'Leguminoceae' family (घराणे - शिम्बीवर्ग)
Sub family - Papilionaceae  (उपघराणे - अपराजितादि)

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~Swagat
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Suresh C. Sharma

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Apr 15, 2009, 10:19:36 AM4/15/09
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Thank you Swagat ji and Satish ji for additional information.
 
An elderly villager got attracted when I was trying to get some photographs of this plant. On being enquired by him,  I pointed towards the seeds of 'Ratti' (in Haryanvi/Hindi name). He profusely thanked me and told me that he was searching for this climber  to make some medicines.
 
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Suresh C Sharma
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Suresh C. Sharma

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Apr 15, 2009, 11:00:29 AM4/15/09
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Best,
Suresh C Sharma

 
On 4/15/09, Jayaraman Kakarla <jayka...@gmail.com> wrote:
I think it is called Kundu Mani in Tamil and is used for the eyes of Mud Ganesh idol during Ganesh Chathurthi.
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Jay

 
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