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Caster oil plant (Ricinus communis)

Caster oil plant (Ricinus communis)

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MARIA MOSOLOVA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARIA MOSOLOVA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caster oil plant (Ricinus communis). This plant is highly poisonous. The poison contained in this plant is called ricin and it is water-soluable. The oil from the seed is used in herbal medicine as a laxative. It is also used in anti-dandruff and skin treatment products. The plant is used in the treatment of headaches, boils and many skin problems. Photographed in October.

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