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Adenanthera


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(family Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosoideae)

A genus of trees, several of them common as shade trees. A. pavonina has hard, scarlet seeds, used for centuries in India and Sri Lanka as units in one of the oldest weight systems known, for weighing gold, etc. There are 4 species, occurring from southern China to the Pacific islands.

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