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.

  Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricinus
Image credits:

“Ricinus March 2010-1” by Alvesgaspar – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ricinus_March_2010-1.jpg#/media/File:Ricinus_March_2010-1.jpg