Castor-oil plant seeds, hands holding

Castor-oil plant seeds, hands holding

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Credit: JAMES KING-HOLMES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Castor-oil plant seeds. Hands holding the seeds of the castor-oil, or castor bean, plant, Ricinus communis. The seeds contain ricin, an extremely toxic protein used in biological warfare. The seeds are also used to make castor oil, an effective laxative. Photographed at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, Sussex, UK, the largest wild seed collection in the world.

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