Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Ricinus L., Sp. Pl. 1007 (1753)

Monoecious shrub or large herb;  sap watery.  Lvs alternate, stipulate, palmately lobed, serrate.  ♂ and ♀ fls mixed in terminal panicles, often appearing axillary.  ♂ fls:  short-pedicellate;  perianth herbaceous;  segments 3–5, united in bud;  filaments much-branched;  anthers very numerous.  ♀ fls:  long-pedicellate;  perianth membranous, soon deciduous;  ovary 3-celled with a single ovule in each cell;  styles 3, usually 2-fid.  Fr. a 3-celled capsule;  seeds smooth.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Ricinus L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.