The Abrus precatorius is a small present very talkative Creeper in dry areas of low altitude in the tropics of the world. Root, stem and leaves contain high-glycyrrhizin sweet like licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Attributed to this substance expectorant, anti-inflammatory properties and the Caribbean or Madagascar leaf extract is used against asthma.
Licorice seeds are 6mm in length, small black spot is located around the hilum and gorgeous, they should be used in jewelry with care, they are the poison of the plant Kingdom: a single seed well chewed enough to cause fatal poisoning (Kingsbury1964). The active substance is called the abrine toxalbumine protein that agglutinate red blood cells and cause death by paralysis and suffocating; they were used for making arrows poisoned in India. Non pierced or non-crushed, you will run no danger by manipulating.