Scientific Name: Abrus precatorius
Synonyms: Abrus abrus, Glycine abrus
Common Names: Rosary Pea, Rosarypea, Precatory Bean, Jequirity Pea, Bead Vine, Black-eyed Susan, Crab's Eye, Coral-beadplant
Duration: Perennial, Deciduous
Growth Habit: Vine
Hawaii Native Status: Introduced. This naturalized weed and seed jewelry plant is native to Africa, Asia, Australia, and parts of the Pacific like Fiji, French Polynesia, and Micronesia.
Flower Color: Pale pink, Lavender, White
Height: Up to 30 feet (9 m) long
Description: The small, 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) long, pea-like flowers are densely clustered in racemes that emerge from the leaf axils. The flowers are followed by flat, elongated, hairy, gray-brown, up to 2 inch (5 cm) long, curve-beaked bean pods that split open to reveal the hard, shiny, red, black-capped, rounded, clinging seeds inside. The seeds are usually scarlet and black, but they may sometimes be yellowish or solid black. The delicate, feathery leaves are alternate and variably pinnate to bipinnate with 10 to 20 pairs of green, oblong, round-tipped leaflets on each pinna. The stems are slender, twining, and woody.