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2) The castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae Its seed is called the castor bean, and it is the source of castor oil. Although castor is indigenous to the Egypt, Ethiopia and India, today it is widespread throughout tropical regions such as China, Brazil and Thailand.
3)The castor plant has many uses, particularly the yellowish oil obtained fron the seeds. There are an astonishing number of industrial applications for castor oil and its derivatives (estimated more than 3000 applications), and new ones are continually being discovered.
4) Its application range is from cosmetics, paints, synthetic resins and varnishes, to the areas of plastics, jet engine lubricants, motor oil and polymers for electronics. Also the oil is used in the area of medicines such as use as a laxative. Recently, castor has also shown to possess antitumor qualities and been used in chemotherapy and cancer research.
5) Furthermore, castor is a very good organic fertilizer alternative for cultivation and its leaves are the main food for the Eri silkworms. Its stalks can be used to produce paper. Some countries has begun to use castor as biodiesel in recent years.
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