Ricinus communis

Ricinus communis

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(Castor Oil Plant)

FAMILY

Euphorbiaceae

Species

Ricinus communis

Common name(s)

Castor Oil Plant

Flower colour; life form

Flowers yellowish. Much branched spreading shrub to 3 m tall.

Distinguishing features

Leaves alternate, palmately divided into 7-9 lobes. Flowers borne on a stout stalk, yellowish. Fruit a spiny capsule. Seeds extremely toxic. Plants commonly found along watercourses.

Ricinus communis