Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Castor oil plant

1. I met some locals in northern Peru (Chachapoyas) who advised a concoction of Ricinus communis as a treatment for stomach ache – it sounded too final a solution for me [Beckenham, Kent, May 2001].

Image: cultivated as an ornamental, Forbury Gardens, Reading, Berkshire; September 2014.