One day you wash up on the beach, wet and naked. Another day you wash back out. In between, the scenery changes constantly.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Weed du Jour
Castor Bean (also called the Castor Oil Plant). A fairly common escapee from cultivation here in Southern and Central California. I remember them in our back yard in my very first childhood home. The Castor Bean provides Castor Oil, used for a variety of purposes, both medicinal and chemical, and is also the source of one of the natural worlds most toxic substances, ricin. I remember breaking the spiny seed pods open to extract the mottled seeds, that look a bit like pinto beans, but more like engorged ticks. Sometimes I think it's a miracle any of us survived childhood.
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