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Phytolacca octandra (Phytolaccaceae)

Phytolacca octandra is a very descriptively named soft-stemmed shrub or herb by Linnaeas (Greek: “phyton” meaning plant; Neo-Latin: “lacca” meaning lacquer, alluding to the red dye of the berries). The common name Inkweed is also an allusion to the red … Continue reading

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Rivina humilis (Pigeonberry) (Phytolaccaceae)

A non-native herb that is widespread in rainforest and urban gardens. The flowers and particularly the red berries are very attractive. Juice from the berries were once used for dyes.

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