Abrus precatorius - Gunja/Ratti/Gulaganji

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raghu ananth

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May 31, 2010, 5:14:56 AM5/31/10
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Regional name: [Kannada] Gulaganji, Gurugunju,
 Ratti in Hindi, 
Gunja in sanskrit, 

Abrus precatorius
Sub. fam Papilionaceae
Fam. Leguminosae


Climber
Habitat dry lands, fence
First time sighting, looks like its a rare in our region or on the verge of becoming rare. 
Used in weighing gold.
The shiny bright red and black colored seeds of this climber are considered to be highly poisonous.


11 May 2010
Mullur, Mysore dist.

Regards
Raghu




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tanay bose

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May 31, 2010, 8:42:30 AM5/31/10
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Very Nice catch most gorgeous seed a plant can have
Tanay

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raghu ananth

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May 31, 2010, 10:06:11 AM5/31/10
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Yes Tanay,  dazzling seeds. But  even small quantities of this seeds are considered lethal,  poisonous (formed from globulin, albumose (Proteids))  effects are compared with that of cobra snake's poison. The seed loses its poisonous properties when boiled. 

During the last October holidays we played a checkered game at home using these red and black seeds.  Holding it in my hands, I admired the bright colors and tested the hardness without knowing its hidden qualities.   Will take all precautions from now.
 

Regards
Raghu






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tanay bose

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May 31, 2010, 10:09:12 AM5/31/10
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Yes Raghu ji, I knew this was were poisonous in bengali we call it " RATI"
Tanay
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