A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Castor Oil Plant

August 15, 2015

This is a bold and handsome shrub, seen mostly on waste ground and roadsides. The red female stigmas hang down in panicles. The plant is highly poisonous and the oil from seeds has to be refined before it is safe use. Ricinus communis. 

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