Adenanthera pavonina: Saga Seed Tree,  Red Bead Tree

Adenanthera pavonina is a perennial and non-climbing species of leguminous tree. Its uses include food and drink, traditional medicine, and timber.

Adenanthera pavonina is commonly called Red Lucky Seed.  Other common names for the tree include Red Bead Tree, Red Sandalwood Tree, Saga [Malay, Indonesia]. The tree is common within the tropics of the old world.

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This tree is useful for nitrogen fixation, and it is often cultivated for forage, as an ornamental garden plant or urban tree, and as a medicinal plant. For example, the young leaves can be cooked and eaten. The raw seeds are toxic, but may be eaten when cooked.

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Adenanthera pavonina seeds have long been a symbol of love in China, and its name in Chinese is xiang si dou (Chinese: 相思豆), or “mutual love bean”. The beauty of the seeds has led to them being used as beads for jewellery.

Photos: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160228]

Source: Wikipedia