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.
- 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.
Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricinus