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#1317* GIANT MONSTER CROSS ZANZIBARIENSIS * World's Largest* 20-35 ft.* 5 seeds*

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Hi ya'l, .... here's our monster we grew last year......Giant Zanzibariensis Cross.....(Ricinus communis L. Maxium) .. (5 seeds) ....It has another common name, palm of Christ, or Palma Christi, that derives from castor oil's reputed ability to heal wounds and cure ailments........Provides very a Quick, Tropical-Like Shade.. and the glossy leaves can reach 4 feet across! ........ It is a fast-growing, suckering perennial shrub that can reach the size of a small tree (around 12 metres or 39 feet),... Usually described as absolutely deadly in the tiniest of amounts; 50,000 tonnes a year being produced; usually said to be reasonably easy to extract from the plant; so why has ricin killed hardly anyone since 1978? ........Fun Fact:...Plant Castor Bean Plant near the garden to keep deer away! . stems,leaves and stalks is used as a high-nitrogen fertilizer...Jewelry is often made of castor beans, particularly necklaces & bracelets......Castor seed is the source of castor oil, which has a wide variety of uses. The seeds contain between 40% and 60% oil that is rich in triglycerides, mainly ricinolein.........The name Ricinus is a Latin word for tick; the seed is so named because it has markings and a bump at the end that resemble certain ticks.....Castor oil is an effective motor lubricant and has been used in internal combustion engines,including those of World War I airplanes, some racing cars, and other protective coverings, in the manufacture of high-grade lubricants, transparent typewriter and printing inks, in textile dyeing...... Stems are made into paper and wallboard ...Leaves applied to the head to relieve headache and as a poultice for boils...Its seed is the castor bean, which, despite its name, is not a true bean. Castor is indigenous to the southeastern Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Africa, and India, but is widespread throughout tropical regions (and widely grown elsewhere as an ornamental plant).......(Caution: All parts of the plant, including the seeds, are very poisonous.........Disclaimer - The herbal information on this post is intended for educational purposes....... ...Purdue University..Toxicity... The seeds contain 2.8–3% toxic substances,(Ricin) 2.5–20 seed killing a man, 4 a rabbit, 5 a sheep, 6 an ox, 6 a horse, 7 a pig, 11 a dog, but 80 for cocks and ducks. The principal toxin is the albumin, ricin. However, it produces antigenic or immunizing activity, producing in small doses an antitoxin analagous to that produced against bacteria.......Folk Medicine Considered anodyne, antidote, aperient, bactericide, cathartic, cyanogenetic, discutient, emetic, emollient, expectorant, insecticide, lactagogue, larvicidal, laxative, POISON, purgative, tonic, and vermifuge, castor or castoroil is a dangerous ingredient in folk remedies for abscess, anasarca, arthritis, asthma, boils, burns, cancer, carbuncles, catarrh, chancre, cholera, cold, colic, convulsions, corns, craw-craw, deafness, delirium, dermatitis, dogbite, dropsy, epilepsy, erysipelas, fever, flu, gout, guineaworm, headache, inflammation, moles, myalgia, nerves, osteomyelitis, palsy, parturition, prolapse, puerperium, rash, rheumatism, scald, scrofula, seborrhea, skin, sores, stomachache, strabismus, swellings, toothaches, tuberculosis, tumors, urethritis, uteritis, venereal disease, warts, whitlows, and wounds. The oil and seed have been used as folk remedies for: warts, cold tumors, indurations of the abdominal organs, whitlows, lacteal tumors, indurations of the mammary gland, corns, and moles, etc. Castor-oil is a cathartic and has labor-inducing properties. Ricinoleic acid has served in contraceptive jellies. Ricin, a toxic protein in the seeds, acts as a blood coagulant. Oil used externally for dermatitis and eye ailments. Seeds, which yield 45–50% of a fixed oil, also contain the alkaloids ricinine and toxalbumin ricin, and considered purgative, counter-irritant in scorpion-sting and fish poison. Leaves applied to the head to relieve headache and as a poultice for boils. (Duke and Wain, 1981)............Castorbean is cultivated for the seeds which yield a fast-drying, non-yellowing oil, used mainly in industry and medicines. Oil used in coating fabrics and other protective coverings, in the manufacture of high-grade lubricants, transparent typewriter and printing inks, in textile dyeing (when converted into sulfonated Castor Oil or Turkey-Red Oil, for dyeing cotton fabrics with alizarine), in leather preservation, and in the production of 'Rilson', a polyamide nylon-type fiber. Dehydrated oil is an excellent drying agent which compares favorably with tung oil and is used in paints and varnishes. Hydrogenated oil is utilized in the manufacture of waxes, polishes, carbon paper, candles and crayons. 'Blown Oil' is used for grinding lacquer paste colors, and when hydrogenated and sulfonated used for preparation of ointments. Castor Oil Pomace, the residue after crushing, is used as a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Although it is highly toxic due to the ricin, a method of detoxicating the meal has now been found, so that it can safely be fed to livestock. Stems are made into paper and wallboard (Reed, 1976). .....National Tropical Botanical Garden Castor Bean is originally native to northeastern Africa and the Middle East. It has escaped cultivation and become naturalized as a weed almost everywhere in the world that has a tropical or subtropical climate.... The seeds from the Castor Bean plant, Ricinus communis, are poisonous to people, animals and insects..... The oil and seed of Castor Bean have been used as folk remedies for: warts, cold tumors, indurations of the abdominal organs, whitlows, lacteal tumors, indurations of the mammary gland, corns, and moles, etc. Castor Bean is cultivated for the seeds which yield a fast-drying, non-yellowing oil, used mainly in industry and medicines.

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