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False Castor Oil Plant

Fatsia japonica

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Araliaceae (Ivy)
Type:
Evergreen shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, no petals
 
Small, white, in dense umbels.
Fruit:
A large spiny capsule in 3 segments. The seeds explode upon ripening and can be thrown to a distance of several meters away.
Leaves:
Large dark green, deeply lobed, waxy leaves. Each leaf can reach as much as 60cm across. The shiny leaves are well-spaced out on its branches.
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
The seeds contain ricin which is extremely poisonous. Swallowing just a few seeds may lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pains.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The leaves exude a nasty smell when crushed.
Other Names:
Fatsi, Glossy-leaf Paper Plant, Japanese Aralia, Paperplant, Umbrella Plant.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Gardens.