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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Abrus precatorius L.
Rosary-pea, Crab-eyes

Abrus precatorius
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Native to the Old World tropics; widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: For more information and images, visit Florida Invasive Plant Species Mobile Field Guide (FLIP) or click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Sparingly naturalized.

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Abrus precatorius has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Dry Tortugas National Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only




Abrus precatorius has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Abrus precatorius
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Abrus precatorius
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Abrus precatorius
Copyright by: John Bradford

Abrus precatorius
Copyright by: Kristen Finch
Naturalized at Juno Dunes Natural Area, FL, 2013

Abrus precatorius
Copyright by: Rosimar Rivera