Castor Bean 1

Castor Bean in the desert

Some parts of Ricinus communis are extremely toxic, especially the seeds, of which as few as four can be fatal in humans. However, it is source of castor oil, which was used medicinally until the mid-1900s by families all over the US. On the left, last year's seed capsule. On the right, maturing fruit. Palm Springs, CA | February 2014