Ricin comes from castor beans, and is a by-product of making CASTOR OIL.
The plants and the beans are beautiful and the plants are very common ornamental shrubs.
I used to play with castor beans when I was a child. I used them as cargo in the freight cars of my Lionel electric train.
Ingesting the beans will make one ill, but is very rarely fatal. Getting it directly into the blood stream is the lethal shot. No antidote. The KGB loved using it...
Damn! that takes me back to my misspent youth.
The best smell in the world is a two stroke engine burning Castrol bean oil. Damn them EPA bureaucrats. I want my GT750 back.
“I used to play with castor beans when I was a child. I used them as cargo in the freight cars of my Lionel electric train.”
That brought back a flash from the past. I used to use six-inch cuttings from winter-time hydrangea shrubs as cargo “logs” for my electric train.