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American Phytolacca

American Phytolacca
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-07
Categories: Trees
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine, Ticino Park Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-10 14:56
Viewed: 3505
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a large, shrubby perennial growing up to 10 feet in height native to eastern North America. Also known as American nightshade, cancer jalap, coakum, garget, inkberry, pigeon berry, pocan bush, poke root, redweed, scoke, red ink plant and chui xu shang lu (in Chinese medicine), parts of this plant are highly toxic to livestock and humans, and is considered a major pest plant by farmers. Nonetheless parts of the plant in different stages, can be used as food, medicine or poison. The plant has a large white taproot, green or red stems, and large, simple leaves. White flowers are followed by purple to almost black berries, which are a good food source for songbirds such as Northern Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, and Northern Mockingbird.

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Hi Luciano,
Interesting plant. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hallo Luciano
This is indeed a very special image. I was looking for something else on the site and came across this spectacular flower. As you know by now, I love the colour purple and thought that this was a very dark black /violet colour but realised it is actually more blackish. Anyhow this bunch of berries caught my eyes with a bang. Upon looking at it I was wondering if it was edible, and then read your note that it is highly toxic. It still looks very tempting. The details of this plant are stunning. You have presented this image in a favourable manner. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards
Ps. Thanks for the note on the other purple flower. Iíll still get to that one.

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