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


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!!