L., Sp. Pl. 1:1007 (1753).
Derivation: Latin name of this plant, because of the resemblance of the seed to ricinus, sheep tick.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Shrubs or large tall herbs; leaves alternate, deeply palmately lobed; monoecious.
Flowers large, in terminal panicles, upper flowers male, lower female; perianth of 3-5 segments; male flowers with a membranous perianth and numerous stamens with filaments repeatedly branched; female flowers with a caducous membranous perianth and 3-celled ovary.
Seeds 3, with a terminal caruncle; cotyledons quite broad.
Monotypic, probably a native of Africa, now in tropical, subtropical and many temperate countries, wild or cultivated.
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