Abrus precatorius subsp. precatorius

This subspecies is accepted
The native range of this subspecies is Indian Subcontinent to Taiwan and Peninsula Malaysia, N. & E. Australia. It is a climbing shrub and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.


Native to:

Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, India, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Northern Territory, Pakistan, Queensland, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia

Introduced into:

Bahamas, Belize, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Caroline Is., Cayman Is., Colombia, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Florida, French Guiana, Galápagos, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Jamaica, Jawa, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Marianas, Marquesas, Mauritius, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicaragua, Niue, Panamá, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Is., Puerto Rico, Rodrigues, Réunion, Samoa, Santa Cruz Is., Society Is., Southwest Caribbean, Sumatera, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Vanuatu, Venezuelan Antilles, Wallis-Futuna Is., Windward Is., Zaïre


Heterotypic Synonyms

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

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Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:


  • International Legume Database and Information Service

    • International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Science Photographs

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