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Ricinus

(ris'i-nŭs),
A genus of plants (family Euphorbiaceae) with one species, Ricinus communis, the castor oil plant, the source of castor oil; the leaves are said to be a galactagogue.
Synonym(s): castor bean
[L.]

castor bean

n.
1. The castor-oil plant.
2. The poisonous seed of the castor-oil plant, from which castor oil is obtained.

castor bean

Herbal medicine
The kernel of the seeds of Ricinus communis, which contain the highly toxic ricin and ricinine.

cas·tor bean

(kast'ŏr bēn)
Herbal agent made from the seed of Ricinus communis; widely used as a cathartic laxative; overdosage can produce gastrointestinal problems.
Synonym(s): Mexico seed, pei-ma.

castor bean

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The market opportunity of castor beans as a sustainable and economically viable feedstock alternative for the growing biofuel market is substantial, and addresses one of the world's most significant challenges of fuel dependency.
The castor bean plant (ricinus communis) is a 4- to 12-foot shrub-like herb originating in Southeast Africa, but it has a worldwide distribution.
Ricin, which can be administered in food and water or sprayed as an aerosol, is extracted from castor beans.
Every ZEAL sunglass frame is made from Z-Resin, a plant-based resin made from castor bean oil instead of crude oil, making the entire line of eyewear eco-friendly.
VESTAMID Terra is derived partly or entirely from the castor bean plant, a raw material that is not animal feed, and which does not compete with that of food crops.
Castor bean plants are grown as ornamental shrubs in the Southern United States, but there is no domestic castor oil production and it is mostly imported from India and China.
uk for a good list, but castor bean, cherry kernels, cocklebur, Easter lily, oleander, poison or water hemlock, red maple, thorn apple and yew are all extremely toxic.
Pruning native plants can enhance seed dry weight, therefore leaf area would be increased which leads to more photosynthesis and seed storage materials [1,5] with the manipulation of the castor bean growth through the pruning at different planting densities concluded that the nipping of the apical shoot at the 6th; 10th and 14th node of the main stem reduced the plant height, but it did not affect seed yield.
In a hidden canyon above the Vermont Tennis Court, invasive mustard, castor bean and tree tobacco glowed green amid soot and charred tree skeletons.
Lavender: repels fleas and moths Castor bean plant: deters mice and moles (poisonous to humans)