Castor Oil plant

 

Ricinus communis commonly called Castor Oil plant originated in India.This shrub has many varieties. Lately, I have been seeing Castor Oil plants popping up and wondered if the seeds were flying. I kept checking the neighbourhood to see if there were any plants in flower. Lo and behold, it was birds that were bringing the seeds!

 

Castor Oil plants quickly attain the height of approximately 12 – 15 feet. Actually, the leaves are quite attractive; they are a glossy and palmate-shaped green. The fruits are also attractive – a colourful reddish/brown with spherical and prickly bodies when mature.

Castor oil is a useful tropical plant. The seeds contain ricin, one of the most poisonous substances known. However ricin is not soluble in oil and therefore the plant is of commercial value in oil production. Castor Oil is used in foods, medicine and beauty products.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Most Read This Week

  1. Overseas-based Guyanese shot and robbed after leaving bank

  2. Dynamic Airways files for bankruptcy

  3. Three Guyanese miners shot dead at Venezuela camp – Police

  4. Thirteen prisoners escape from Lusignan

  5. Escapee told cops accomplice gave him cash to travel to West Bank – Persaud

  6. Lusignan 13 escaped via tunnel – Ramjattan

  7. Updated: List of escapees today from Lusignan facility

  8. Businessman testifies about runaround to report presidential assassination plot to cops


Recommended For You