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A small ornamental shrub, found from Florida to Brazil, as well as in Egypt and the West Indies; Nat. Ord. Leguminosae. Sex. Syst. Monadelphia Enneandria; having beautiful scarlet seeds with a black spot. The roots and leaves are sweet mucilaginous demulcents. The seeds of the American kind are considered to be purgative and poisonous. They are employed to form rosaries, and hence called, in mockery, Jumble beads.
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