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Published In: Systema Naturae, ed. 12 2: 472. 1767. (Syst. Nat. (ed. 12)) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/2/2016)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/15/2017)
GROWTH: Lifespan: Annual, Perennial
Life form: Herbaceous, Shrub
Human edible: Below ground structures, Leaves
Details: Economic use: Leaves eaten (Badhwar 2011, Kunkel 1984). Roots used as a licorice substitute (Kunkel 1984). There are reports of cooked seeds being eaten, but seeds are known to be highly toxic (Badhwar 2011, Kunkel 1984).
TOXICITY: Toxicity: Animal, Human
Toxic parts: Seeds
Details: Toxicity: Seeds, known as jequirity bean, contain abrin, a very toxic lectin that causes severe gastroenteritis and sometimes neurological complications, with human fatalities reported from consumption of chewed or damaged seeds (Dickers et al. 2003).





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