Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Phytolacca
Family: Phytolaccaceae (Dicotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
octandra
NOTES

A slightly succulent perennial up to about 1 m in height which is possibly of exotic origin. The leaves are rolled under and minutely toothed. The stems are reddish. Seeds are dispersed by birds. In the past ripe fruit was used as ink.


AUTHORITY
L.
Sub Author
Conservation
Uncommon
Habit
Herbaceous
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: The flowers are persistent and turn red in fruit. The fruit itself is a black berry
Colour: Red
Notes: The minute greenish flowers are borne in a cylindrical spike
Colour: Green
Common Name
Inkberry
Inkbessie
Pokeweed
Bobbejaandruif
Habitat
NOTES: Grows on the edge of the bush in burnt areas
HABITAT NAME: Veld
Uses
Animal treatments
Root infusions are used to treat lung sickness in cattle.
Emetic
Used as an emetic
Snakebite treatments
Unspecified use
Wound treatments
Used for septic wounds
Chest complaints
Unspecified use
Toxicity
The roots are reported to be toxic
Months
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
June
Synonyms for Species
Phytolacca americana



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