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Precatory Bean

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody vomitus
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shock
  • Death

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This plant is known by many names, including the Seminole bead, Buddhist rosary bead, rosary pea, Indian bead, Lucky bean, or Love bean. The seeds or “peas” of this perennial vine are very toxic and contain toxalbumins, which are similar to ricin (found in the castor bean). Ingestion of the red and black beans cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody vomitus, elevated heart rate, abdominal pain, and shock.

Poison type: Plants

Scientific name: Abrus precatorius

Alternate names: Abrus precatorius, Seminole bead, Buddhist rosary bead, rosary pea, Indian bead, Lucky bean, Love bean.