Castor Oil Plant

castor oil plant

Common name: Castor Oil Plant, Castor Bean

Scientific name: Ricinis communis

Hazard associated: The coating of the seed is extremely poisonous. Reputedly, the seed cover is also pleasant tasting.

Notes: castor beans

  • Castor oil plants are extremely likely to trigger respiratory allergies through breathing in pollen and skin allergies from contact with sap and leaves.
  • Castor oil products have been used for a number of medicinal purposes and for industrial purposes such as biodiesel.
  • Ricin is famous as a poison used in assassinations.
  • Many animals are susceptible to the ricin poison, but ducks are known to be quite resistant to the effects of the toxin.

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