Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)

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7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants, Encyclopedia Britanica - 7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants | Britannica.com Score: 0.0/0.0

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"Widely grown as an ornamental, the castor bean is an attractive plant native to Africa. While the processed seeds are the source of castor oil, they naturally contain the poison ricin and are deadly in small amounts. It only takes one or two seeds to kill a child and up to eight to kill an adult. Ricin works by inhibiting the synthesis of proteins within cells and can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death. The poison was used in 1978 to assassinate Georgi Markov, a journalist who spoke out against the Bulgarian government, and has been mailed to several U.S. politicians in failed terrorism attempts. Most fatalities are the result of accidental ingestion by children and pets."

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Despite being 100% natural, this plant is so dangerous it can easily cause death.


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