Castor Oil Plant
Botanical Name: Ricinus communis L.
Ricinus communis L.
Annual culture, 1-3 m high, with lush development. The stem is richly branched and hollow on the inside, with alternately folded leaves, lobate palm, large, 30-50 cm, glossy, with prominent ribs. The female flowers are red and the masculine, yellow. Fruits are spicy capsules with 3 seeds. It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Africa
- Fats, proteins, carbohydrates, mineral salts
- Oleic, stearic, linoleic acid
Due to ricinoleic acid, castor oil has laxative and purgative properties.