Abrus

(from abros, soft, referring to leaves). Legu minosw. Deciduous greenhouse climber, or used S. outdoors for screens. Roots have virtues of licorice. Needs strong heat for indoor culture. Prop. by seeds or by cuttings under glass in sand. precat0rius,Linn. Case's-are Vmn. WsA1'm:u-PL/m'r. Height 10--12 ft.: leaflets oblong, in numerous pairs: fls. varying from rose to white: seeds bright scarlet, with a black spot, used by Buddhists for rosaries, and in India as standards of weight. Tr0pics.—The absurd claims made for its wenther-prophesying properties are exposed by Oliver in Kew Bull. Jan. 1890.