seeds (Ricinus)

David R. Hershey dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Wed Mar 25 23:58:45 EST 1998


The AMA Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants notes that eating as
few as 2 to 6 seeds may be fatal. Castor bean seeds are the also the 
source of castor oil, so the toxic ricin is apparently not oil soluble.

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