Ricinus communis, African Wonder Tree, Castor Bean, Castor Oil Plant, Mole Bean Plant
An Annual that grows anywhere from six to fifteen feet. It’s leaves are large and palmately lobed. Variations have different coloring:
Bright green with white vein
All have spiny, red fruits
Low, generally planted as an ornamental plant or a crop.
Develop between 12-48 hours after ingestion; loss of appetite, excessive thirst, weakness, colic, excess sweating, lack of coordination, problems breathing, depressed nervous system and fever. Once condition is in final stages bloody diarrhea, convulsions, coma and death.
Ingestion of an ounce of seeds can be lethal.
*It should be noted that we are not veterinarians. This information is written specifically for horses and should be used for reference purposes only. If you think your horse has eaten something toxic call your vet right away.