Castor Plants – What’s in a Name?

Castor is used in many ways and not the least of which is as a pretty garden plant. But why is it called castor, and why is it called Ricinus? Nomenclature Nerd Shares Science Castor was first named Ricinus communis by the father of Botanical nomenclature, Carl Linnaeus. Take a look at the seeds. Carl sure did! The seed has markings and a bump at the end that resemble certain ticks, and the Latin word for tick is ricinus, so that is what he named the genus!   Meanwhile, over […]