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Published on Dec 14, 2011
Dangerous Castor Bean Plants growing El Pitillal Jalisco Mexico Nov 2011.
Ricin Toxin from Castor Bean Plant, is also known as Ricinus communis, Perhaps just one milligram of ricin can kill an adult. The symptoms of human poisoning begin within a few hours of ingestion.
It is advisable to keep children away from the castor bean plant or necklaces made with its seeds. In fact dont even have them in or around a house with small children. If they ingest the leaves or swallow the seeds, they may get poisoned. The highly toxic seeds beaded into necklaces, cause skin irritation at the contact point.
If the seed is swallowed without chewing, and there is no damage to the seed coat, it will most likely pass harmlessly through the digestive tract. However, if it is chewed or broken and then swallowed, the ricin toxin will be absorbed by the intestines.