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By Steve25

Lancashire, United Kingdom Gb

yes! I cut this off my caster oil plant, its the one that grows huge!




cut what lol ?

24 Feb, 2010



24 Feb, 2010


Do you mean Fatsia or Fatshedera?

24 Feb, 2010


Is there supposed to be a photograph with this question, Steve25?

25 Feb, 2010


I saw your other questoin - this is Fatsia japonica flower (unless you cut it off ivy - they look very similar, but obviously, the growth habit is different, one climbs and clings, Fatsia is freestanding with large, 3 or 5 pointed leaves). Blimey, I've now discovered that your original question was whether you could grow these if they had seeds inside! Yes - start them off in early May.

25 Feb, 2010


Yes! Thanks!

26 Feb, 2010


Fatsia seeds contain 'ricin' one of the most deadly poisons known to man!
In the 70's a Russian (I think) diplomat was murdered in London by being stabbed in the thigh with an umberella. the brolly point had a microscopic steel ball that was impregnated with ricin. the diplomat suffered a long painful death.
I'm not sure of the details (check it out on the web) but the substance was ricin.
I don't mean to be an alarmist but its worth checking out as the poison is very potent in minute quantities!

28 Feb, 2010


I didn't think that was the case, Stjohntongue, and have just confirmed it by doing a bit of checking in case I was wrong - Ricinus communis (Euphorbiaceae family) is the one which is highly poisonous and from which ricin can be distilled - Fatsia japonica, on the other hand, belongs to the Araliaceae family and does not contain ricin.

1 Mar, 2010


I bow to your wisdom, Bamboo.
I saw Castor oil plant and didn't think there was more than one Genus. I should've checked first.
Sorry Steve25, didn't mean to alarm you.
Good job Bamboo is here to keep us right.
Ya see, plants are more complicated and diversified than expected.

1 Mar, 2010


Saves you wasting your time trying to distil ricin from the Fatsia flowers at least, lol!

1 Mar, 2010


Thanks guys! :)

2 Mar, 2010

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