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  1. #1
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    Help identify this wonder plant. Everyone wants a seed.

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    Hi Larry,

    Your picture is very small, but it appears to be castor bean aka Ricinus communis.** Since you say everyone wants a seed, please note:* "All parts of the plants are toxic, but most dangerous are the seeds. The most susceptible animal species include cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, fowl, rabbits and other small animals. Seeds ingested at 0.2% of body weight have caused toxicosis in cattle and 0.01% of body weight was toxic to horses."

    http://www.library.uiuc.edu/vex/toxic/castor/castor.htm

    Newt



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    The beans are also used to make ricin.* That is one of the most deadly poisons known to man.* Be careful who you give them to.* In this day and age you just have to be careful...

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