Palm of Christ (Ricinus Communis)
Deadly poisonous, Invasive and, "explosive". As soon as I saw the cluster of these plants I stopped my car and got out to take a closer look. When I did I heard a popping and scattering noise in the bushes at first I though nothing of it. As I looked at the plant more closely I could see that the seed pods where exploding shooting the seeds aparantly up to 16 feet away. It's said that if chewed anywhere from 4 to 8 of its beans will kill an adult. The seeds contain ricin a toxin that attacks your protein making factories (ribosomes) and cause the cells to stop making proteins. The first signs would be vomiting and bloody diahreah followed possible seizures, blood in urine. Within a few days you liver, spleen, and kidneys would stop working and then ☠. It's not all bad this plant is used for a wide variety of things in fact you've probably had it's oil on your face. This is also known as the castor oil plant. Castor oil is used in many soaps, makeups, emollients, even biodiesel fuel. It can be used as a diuretic, to remedy dry skin, for healthier hair, and hair growth.
Castor beans have been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 4000 BC; the slow burning oil was used mostly to fuel lamps. Cleopatra is reputed to have used it to brighten the whites of her eyes.
The use of castor bean oil in India has been documented from 2000 BC in lamps and in local medicine as a laxative, purgative, and cathartic in Unani, Ayurvedic and other ethnomedical systems. Traditional Ayurvedic medicine considers castor oil the king of medicinals for curing arthritic diseases.