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Sachin Chorge

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Apr 17, 2008, 11:50:24 PM4/17/08
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HI,
The First plant is from Matheran, Nearly a height of 4-5 ft. and long pods.
 
second is from Mumbai, near marshy land. It has green spiny fruit.
 
Third one is from BNHS land, with red berries. 
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Barry Stock

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Apr 18, 2008, 1:27:54 AM4/18/08
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The second is Ricinus communis, the Castor Bean, originally from Africa but now a common volunteer in any warm climate. Here in Florida, any large pile of tilled soil (from construction, or whatever) will soon be covered with Ricinus. The seeds are highly poisonous, and quite beautiful. It is the source of Castor Bean oil and the poison Ricin.

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Neil Soares

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Apr 18, 2008, 3:27:01 AM4/18/08
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Hi Barry and Sachin,
The first is Varas [Heterophragma quadriloculare]
which has recently featured on this site.
The third is Cansjera rheedi [ Kiran please note].
Regards,
Neil Soares.

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Vasant Barve

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Apr 18, 2008, 6:57:33 AM4/18/08
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Second appears to be Castor (Erand in Marathi)
Is it poisonous?
 
The oil is consumed as medicine/laxative. Seeds if consumed will lead to omitting.
 
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J.M. Garg

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Apr 18, 2008, 11:22:25 AM4/18/08
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HERE ARE DETAILS & LINKS FROM INDIANTREEPIX DATABASE:
Heterophragma quadrilocularis  Bignoniaceae  Waras in Marathi Flowering now (FEB 2008) on the outskirts of Pune, Maharashtra as per Satish ji.

 
For my Birds, Butterflies, Trees, Landscape pictures etc., visit  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/J.M.Garg

J.M. Garg

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Apr 18, 2008, 11:36:58 AM4/18/08
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Here are extracts from Wikipedia link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_bean

The castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, is a plant species of the Euphorbiaceae and the sole member of the genus Ricinus and of the subtribe Ricininae. Its seed is the castor bean which, despite its name, is not a true bean.

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. They also contain ricin, a poison, which is also present in lower concentrations throughout the plant.

The toxicity of raw castor beans is well-known, and reports of actual poisoning are relatively rare.

Global castor seed production is around 1 million tons per year. Leading producing areas are India, China and Brazil. There are several active breeding programmes.


Barry Stock

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Apr 18, 2008, 11:44:40 AM4/18/08
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According to a different classification, Ricinus falls into a Tribe with two other members, one of which is Givotia, which has an Indian species (G. rottleriformis), the other the Mongongo Nut Tree from Southern Africa:

Ricinodendreae
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ricinodendreae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Crotonoideae
Tribe: Ricinodendreae
Genera

    * Givotia
    * Ricinodendron
    * Schinziophyton

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Barry Stock

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Apr 18, 2008, 12:02:28 PM4/18/08
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Looks like I may be mistaken, having taken Ricinodendron for Ricinus.

Apologies!

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