Castor Oil Plan (Ricinus Communis)

Castor Oil Plan (Ricinus Communis)

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Caption: Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus Communis) growing in the Botanical Gardens in Siena, Italy. This plant is widely used for medicinal purposes, particularly as a laxative. Raw castor beans contain ricin and are poisonous to animals and humans when broken seeds are ingested. Ricin has been investigated as a potential insecticide. The plant also contains undecylenic acid which is a natural fungicide.

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Keywords: botanical gardens, castor oil, castor oil bean, castor oil plant, euphorbiaceae, herb, herbal, insecticide, italy, llaxative, medical, medicinal, medicine, poison, poisonous, ricin, ricinus communis, siena, undecylenic acid

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