Castor oil plant

Castor oil plant

B640/0610 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.0MB

Downloadable file size: 2.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis). Each spiny seedpod of this plant contains on average three seeds, from which castor oil is extracted for medicinal use. Castor oil is taken for its laxative effects, however another component of the oil is ricin, one of the most powerful poisons known. Ricin has been used in the treatment of cancer, as it can be targeted to destroy cancer cells whilst leaving normal cells untouched. The castor oil plant is a very fast growing tropical shrub or small tree, which can reach up to 10 metres in height. Photographed in Barbados.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: alternative, barbados, botanical, botany, cancer, caribbean, castor oil plant, castor-oil, complementary, cure, herbal, laxative, leaf, lubricant, medical, medicinal, medicine, natural, nature, palmate, part, parts, plant, pod, pods, poisonous, purgative, remedy, reproduction, reproductive, ricin, ricinus communis, seed, seedpod, seeds, stem, structure, therapy, toxic, toxin, treatment, tree, west indies

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.