Ricinus communis, growing commercially, Western Australia
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MANY people have seen the wild castor oil plants around the metropolitan area, growing in rubbish dumps, and waste lands.
But they have not realised that the demand for castor oil has been increasing over the last 15 years.
Although one of its main uses is in the lubrication of jet engines, it is also used in plastics, special low temperature lubricants, hydraulic fluids, paints, varnishes, textiles and pharmaceutics.
"Castor beans : ricinus communis Linn,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 2:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol2/iss2/7