The Precatory Bean has many other common names such as ‘love bean’, ‘ black eyed susan’ and ‘ bead vine’. The plant is a native to S.E.Asia but has spread to most other tropical and sub tropical regions.

Precatory Bean grows as a vine, it is usually supported by fences, by trellis work if in the garden, or by other nearby plants. The vine leaves are extremely light sensitive and tend to droop on cloudy days, or if a night time.

The plant bears a fruit which when dry will open giving 3-5 hard coated seeds. The seeds are of a bright red color showing a black spot where it was attached to the flower stem. These seeds are extremely toxic and can cause stomach cramp, severe diarrhea, racing heart beat and perhaps eventually a coma.

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