Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Phytolacca acinosa Roxb. image
Photographer: Dennis W. Woodland           

Hugh H. Iltis

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Christopher Noll
Family Phytolaccaceae
Phytolacca acinosa Roxb.
edible pokeweed, Indian pokeweed
Phytolacca: from Greek phyto, "plant," and Latin lacca, "crimson lake," because of the color in the berries
acinosa: aromatic herb mentioned by Pliny, variously ascribed to be wild basil, basil-thyme; a grape
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Status: Introduced - persisting and spreading
Plant: erect, perennial forb
Flower: white to pinkish, 5-parted; inflorescence a spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers
Fruit:blue-black berry with ridged skin when ripe

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