Castor oil plant
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Castor oil plant is a small, spreading tree up to 4m tall. The leaves are large, soft and deeply lobed (20-40 cm diam.). The flowers are clustered in heads and the soft spiny capsules contain rectangular seeds up to 15 mm long. (West 1996)
The NZ plants usually have purple leaves (Landcare Research 1999).
December, January, February
Reason For Introduction
The mottled seeds are poisonous if eaten.