Climber. Leaves paripinnately compound. leaflets 28–32 (14–16-jugate), lamina oblong or obovate. Inflorescence compound racemose, terminal or axillary, densely. Flowers papilionaceous. Calyx 5, connate near base. Corolla pinkish to purplish or white, glabrous; standard, keel and wings with stipe. Stamens 9. Pod turgid, green, apex with beak, 3–5-seeded. Seeds subglobose or ellipsoid, shining, commonly red with a black spot surrounding the hilum, or sometimes completely whitish.
Dry dipterocarp forest and bedrock
The purified agglutinins which possessed almost no toxic activity were found by analytical ultracentrifugation to have molecular weights of 134,000
- , “Isolation and comparison of galactose-binding lectins from Abrus precatorius and Ricinus communis”, Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 249, pp. 803–810, 1974.
Seeds with poisonous