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Ricinus communis (Castor oil plant)

kasterolie [Afrikaans]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Malpighiales > Family: Euphorbiaceae

Ricinus communis (Castor oil plant) Ricinus communis (Castor oil plant)

Ricinus communis, Hot Springs, Save Valley, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Ricinus communis, road to Domboshawa, Chinamora CL, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Ricinus communis (Castor oil plant) Ricinus communis (Castor oil plant)

Ricinus communis, road to Domboshawa, Chinamora CL, Zimbabwe. [photos Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Seeds are highly toxic because they contain a poisonous substance called ricin. The oil from this plant does not contain ricin and is commonly used as a purgative and emollient, or in creams, ointments, soaps and lipstick.

Publications

  • van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants. A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.  

 

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