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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Abreae
Genus: Abrus
Species: Abrus canescens

Abrus canescens Welw. ex Baker

D. Oliver, Fl. trop. Afr. 2:175. 1871
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Abrus canescens in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
lietuvių: Kininis abras
中文: 雞骨草

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]

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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