Plants used for beads

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Plants in Ruth Smith's book

Smith, Ruth J., 2003. Botanical Beads of the World.

The seeds of many plants are used as beads for collars or rosaries. Books documenting such usages are very rare. The above-mentioned book is excellent, and has the advantage of being fully accessible on the Internet, with photos. The author knows that her inventory is incomplete. If you find species not mentioned, please add them to the field at the bottom, and go to her site to make her know.

Seeds are usually used. When it is another organ, this organ is mentioned in parentheses.

Other sources

  • Afzelia africana Sm. ex Pers. (PROTA)
  • Azadirachta indica (Wikipedia)
  • Baikiaea plurijuga Harms (PROTA)
  • Caesalpinia bonducella (Wikipedia)
  • Canarium indicum L., nangaille (Vidal)
  • Casuarina equisetifolia Forst. & Forst., filao (Vidal)
  • Cassia fistula L., canéficier (Vidal)
  • Chrysophyllum cainito, caïmitier (Vidal)
  • Copaifera salikounda Heckel (PROTA)
  • Daniellia oliveri (Rolfe) Hutch. & Dalziel (gum used as amber perls) (PROTA)
  • Elaeocarpus angustifolius Blume (PROTA)
  • Elaeocarpus ganitrus (Wikipedia)
  • Entada rheedei Spreng. (Vidal)
  • Eremospatha haullevilleana De Wild. (PROTA)
  • Euterpe edulis Mart., açai (Vidal)
  • Gleditsia triacanthos L., févier (Vidal)
  • Koelreuteria paniculata Laxm., savonnier (Vidal)
  • Raphia farinifera (Gaertn.) Hyl., palmier à fruits glouglou (Vidal)
  • Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr., zamana (Vidal)
  • Sapindus mukorossi (Wikipedia)
  • Schefflera morototoni (Aubl.) Maguire et al., tobitoutou (Vidal)
  • Sclerosperma profiziana Valk. & Sunderl. (kernel formerly used for rings, PROTA)
  • Sterculia africana (Lour.) Fiori (PROTA)
  • Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn., karité (Vidal)
  • Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides (Lam.) Zepern. & Timler (PROTA)


Vidal, Nathalie, 2011. Le grand livre des étonnantes graines. Entre nature et cultures. Orphie. 195 p. (another good book, in French).