Thursday, August 07, 2008

Red and beautiful and deadly...

The seed coats of the Castor oil plant are deadly poisonous - but this seems to be know very well so accidents are rare

"Ricinus communis" (Euphorbiaceae)
castor oil plant, Rizinus

3 comments:

Kim said...

hi Petra..
I've never seen this flower before..
it's certainly beautiful and reminds me of our national flower ..the waratah :)

Petra Voegtle said...

Hi Kim, thank you for visiting again :)
It's actually not the flower any more but the seed - the blossoms themselves are those tiny little things beneath those red "balls" which you can see on one of the photos.
I just looked it up - the waratah - that's really a beautiful exotic bloom and I can see some similarities!

Azure Islands Designs said...

What a lovely flower...I've never seen anything quit like this...all spiky!!

Cheers