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Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Ricinus communis (Castor Bean)

Common non-native perennial shrub found in disturbed sites, particularly in the Cieneguitas Creek watershed. Male flowers are red and female flowers are white, both are small (spiny fruit more conspicuous). Blooms in summer.

Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) seedling. NON-NATIVE. pictured in winter.


Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) seedling. NON-NATIVE. pictured in spring.


Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) seedling. NON-NATIVE. pictured in spring.


Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) seedling. NON-NATIVE. pictured in summer.


Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) seedling. NON-NATIVE. pictured in summer.


Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) seedling. NON-NATIVE. pictured in summer.


Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) seedling. NON-NATIVE. pictured in autumn.