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Ricinus communis

Invasive Status in South Africa: NEMBA Cat. 2

Ricinis communis is a fast-growing shrub or small tree which is a highly prolific and precocious producer of toxic seeds, very adaptable to different environments and has been widely distributed by man. It is reported invasive or weedy in many countries particularly in the tropics and since dense thickets shade out native flora it is able to have negative impacts on biodiversity.

Family Name:
Common Name:
Castor oil plant
Plant Height:
1m to 1.5 m
Flower Colour:
Flowering Time:
February, January