Castor Oil Plant
Fast-growing tree; reddish-green, star-shaped leaves with toothed margins; yellowish-green flowers clustered in spikes; spiny, reddish seed pods. Male flowers have long, yellow stamens. Female flowers, located at spike tips, have red stigmas. Seeds and other plant parts are toxic if ingested.
Warm, rocky hillsides in regions such as the Dead Sea.
Seeds are pressed to produce caster oil, valued industrially for maintaining fluidity at extreme temperatures. Used in urban areas as an ornamental tree.