|Crab's eye Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Abrus precatorius|
|Origin||It is native to India and tropical Asia. It becomes invasive and weedy where it got introduced.|
|Shapes||Subglobose, Thick: 3.5 mm; Length: 6-7 mm (< 1 inch) (Seeds)|
|More facts about Crab's eye|
White and Red are the two varieties of Crab’s eye. As the sizes of the seeds are uniform, it is used as standards weight measurement. The seeds are used as a treatment for headache, paralysis, dysentery, ulcer, nervous disorder and alopecia. It possess sexual stimulant, antitumor, antibacterial, antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. In traditional medicine it is used to cure the wounds, sores and scratches made by mice, cats and dogs. When the seeds are injected, it is hundred times minor harmful in comparison to taken by mouth.
It is native to India and tropical Asia. It becomes invasive and weedy where it got introduced. It was used as an ornament and art object. The infusions are used in the folk medicine of Africa and South America to treat inflammations such as conjunctivitis. Medicinally it was used to accelerate labor, abortion and used as oral contraceptive. It is used in Chinese medicine to aid fever. In Ayurvedic medicine, roots and leaves are used to treat bronchitis, asthma and respiratory ailments.
The plant is annual woody, climber, branching and deciduous vine which grows upto 10 m long. Leaves are paripinnate, suboblong, 1-2 x 0.4-0.8 cm and pale green. The leaflets are oblong; 2.5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. The stems are slender and branched. The small flowers are pink, lavender or white. The fruits are elliptic pods which is 4 cm long, dehiscent and turgid. The pods possess 3 to 8 seeds which are subglobose, scarlet-red and 6-7 mm (< 1 inch) long.