Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Ricinus communis Linn.

Family: Euphorbiaceae Genus: Ricinus Species: Ricinus communis Linn.






Synonym Ricinus angulatus Thunb., Croton spinosus L.
Flower Color Yellow - Orange
Common Name Castor, Arandi Flower Type Raceme
English / Trade Name Castor Oil Plant, Palma Christi, Krapata, Castorbean, Ricin Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Kege Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up to 1800 m Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Tree Fruit Details Fruit 1.6-2 cm across, 3-lobed, prickly seeds oblong, smooth, marbled, carunculate
Habitat Cultivated, Also Runs Wild Bark Type Smooth
Distribution Probably native to Africa, Castorbean has been introduced and is cultivated in many tropical and subtropical areas of the world Bark Details Bark is light brown smooth
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Exotic
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Palmate
Description of Species Tree 10–13 m tall in the tropics with the stem 7.5–15 cm in diam., but usually behaves as an annual in the temperate regions 1–3 m tall Leaf Details Leaves palmately 6-8-lobed, peltate to 20 X 24 cm; lobes 9-15 X 3-6 cm, lanceolate, margin coarsely serrate, apex acuminate; petiole to 18 cm long

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details