Name That Plant - South Texas

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  1. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Here's an interesting plant that I saw last week on the U.S. - Mexico border. Nobody could tell me its name. Anyone here want to take a stab at it?

    Here is a closeup of the seed pod

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  2. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

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    are they spiny like a cocklebur? looks a little like what is called a wild cucumber too. probably wrong zone tho.
     

  3. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    TexasArtist Well-Known Member

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    It's castor bean plant. Suposed to be poisenous to animals.
     
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  6. Chuck

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    Cool. Glad I didn't eat it. :)
     
  7. YuccaFlatsRanch

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    Defintiely castor bean - the prettier version comes with a reddish tint to the leaves and seed pods. Called purple castor bean I believe.
     
  8. kentuckyhippie

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    They are also called mole bean and are supposed to keep moles out of your garden if you plant them arount the edge. They are definately poison. I saved my seed pods this year and had them in a basket in the shop to dry and the mice ate them. I've been finding dead mice all over the place and since I didn't have out any mouse poisen that must have been what killed them
     
  9. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong In Remembrance

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    Definitely castor oil plant. Ricinis Communis. Seeds are deadly poison and about the shape of the sweet called jelly beans. As few as two seeds will kill a child, and the plant drops the seeds conveniently on the ground when they ripen.