I can see a danger in some unknowing person thinking the pretty seeds would probably be good to eat. It would be their last bowl of beans. Nothing surprises me any more. I once asked a friend in Tucson what he was going to do with a big bag of coral beans and he said he thought he read some where that they were good to eat. Bad idea. They are another very toxic seed. His mother had gathered them years before to make rosary necklaces, a popular use for them. My advice is to research any and every plant you find. Never take a risk. When one or two seeds can kill you, its worth the time and effort. After all, you may find out some incredible things about the amazing plants around us.
|A nice big, showy ornamental. At the top of the plant are the red flower panicle's.|
|That's a seed cluster under the leaves in the middle.|
|Seed pods just ripening.|
|Notice the pods are divided into threes. Three seeds to each pod.|
|A shot of a complete cluster.|
|Pretty, aren't they? Like the human finger print, no two seeds have the same pattern. Each is unique.|