Abrus precatorius – Originates from tropical Asia
Abrus precatorius – The climbing plant originates from tropical Asia, it is used for the production of rosaries and jewelry.
- Deadly dose: 3 µg of poison
- Death: within 3 – 4 days
- Poison: abrin
- Aftermath: vomiting, bloody diarrhea, hallucinations, renal, liver and spleen paresis
- Where it grows: Asia, Africa and America
- Occurrence in Poland: no
The plant is not poisonous in its entirety, the leaves and roots are edible. The most devious are seeds that contain abrin. A small dose of a substance is enough to kill a person, and the first symptoms will appear after a few hours – problems with breathing, fever, vomiting or severe sweating. Finally, the respiratory system is completely destroyed. Asians are drinking a decoction of the root and leaves as cough and runny nosemedicine.