Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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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
(Glossary)

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Phytolacca esculenta Van Houtte

         
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