castor-oil plant


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cas·tor-oil plant

 (kăs′tər-oil′)
n.
A poisonous, ornamental shrub (Ricinus communis) native to Africa, having palmately lobed leaves and widely cultivated for its seeds, which yield an oil of commercial and medicinal value.

castor-oil plant

n
(Plants) a tall euphorbiaceous Indian plant, Ricinus communis, cultivated in tropical regions for ornament and for its poisonous seeds, from which castor oil is extracted. Also called (US and Canadian): castor bean

cas′tor-oil′ plant`

a tall plant, Ricinus communis, of the spurge family, cultivated for its ornamental foliage and poisonous seeds that yield castor oil. Also called castor bean.
[1835–45]
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Noun1.castor-oil plant - large shrub of tropical Africa and Asia having large palmate leaves and spiny capsules containing seeds that are the source of castor oil and ricincastor-oil plant - large shrub of tropical Africa and Asia having large palmate leaves and spiny capsules containing seeds that are the source of castor oil and ricin; widely naturalized throughout the tropics
castor bean - the toxic seed of the castor-oil plant; source of castor oil
genus Ricinus, Ricinus - a genus of herb having only one known species: castor-oil plant
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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What you have is the so-called false castor-oil plant, Fatsia japonica.
Over 40,000 native trees have been planted and weed removal of such invasive and environmentally disruptive species as Cat's Claw Creeper (Macfadyena unguis-catii), Castor-Oil Plant (Ricinus communis), and Balloon Vine (Cardiospermum grandiflorum) is well under way.
The cultivation of the castor-oil plant to extract a biodiesel is part of the Brazilian government objective of stimulating the production of biofuels," said Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture official Cezar Martins da Rocha.
You can do worse than the castor-oil plant, Ricinus communis.
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