Abrus canescens
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Abrus
A. canescens
Binomial name
Abrus canescens
Welw. ex Baker:

Abrus canescens is a species of flowering plant belonging to the legume family, native to Africa. It is considered almost extinct.


The plant's stem is brown and its leaves are a rusty brown to silvery colour with trichomes on the top and bottom. Both the stem and leaves are described as "very pubescent". It has between 7-13 pairs of leaflets measuring from 0.60 – 2.30 cm in length and 0.30 – 0.90 cm in breadth. The leaflets are a narrow oblong shape with all but the last pair having a smooth, round apex and an obtuse to round base. The flowers are purple. The fruit consists of between 1 and 6 flat, straight, brown pods measuring 3.20 - 6.00 cm in length and 0.40 - 1.40 cm in breadth. The seeds are smooth, flat and black in colour.[1]


  1. ^ Agbagwa, Ikechukwu Ozoemenam (2007). "Evaluation of Diagnostic Vegetative and Reproductive Characters Among Abrus Species in Nigeria". Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 1 (4): 841–852. ISSN 1991-8178.

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