Plant ID forum: Strange plant, noid

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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Nov 17, 2015 11:15 AM CST
This plant appeared in our Mediterranean garden:
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I think the round, prickly things(!) may be seed pods of some sort because at the base there are buds and tiny yellow flowers:


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Is it a weed? I've never seen anything like it.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Nov 17, 2015 11:22 AM CST

Not sure what cultivar.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 17, 2015 11:46 AM CST
I agree, with Springcolor, definitely appears to be Ricinus, we have a few listed in the database: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/children/78747/

They are such beautiful plants but be aware, especially if you have young children or pets ... this plant is highly toxic!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 17, 2015 11:49 AM CST
More info and images for comparison here:
http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/eafrinet/weeds/key/weed...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricinus
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Nov 17, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Thank you so much - fascinating reading in the Wiki article: "According to the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records, this plant is the most poisonous in the world." Beautiful though it is, perhaps I should get rid of it!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Nov 17, 2015 11:58 AM CST
I agree Castor. There are several types. Yes, be careful with pets and children; definitly toxic.
I took this photo at a botanical garden in Statesboro, Georgia.
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Nov 17, 2015 12:00 PM CST
Thank You! to everyone for the brilliant suggestions - a mystery quickly solved...

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