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Mountains laurel seed pods contain several shiny red seeds. Formerly, the beans have been strung into necklaces, "a strand of beans six feet long was said to buy a small horse in areas to the north." Mountain laurel seeds are also called mescal beans because they have been added to mescal (century plant) to make an intoxicating beverage. However, the beans are also poisonous.
Photo by Bob Badgett