2380.000 Phytolacca L.

Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs or herbs. Inflorescences terminal or leaf-opposed racemes (in ours). Flowers bisexual or unisexual. Sepals free, subequal, sometimes reflexed. Fruit of 4-many free or connate carpels, fleshy, ± spherical.

Derivation of name: phyton - plant, lakha - red dye (Persian); referring to the dye produced by the fruits.

Worldwide: 25 species, in tropical and warm areas

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Phytolacca dodecandra

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
dioica L.CDescription, Image
dodecandra L'Hér.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
octandra L.C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Phytolacca:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phytolacca
Flora of Mozambique: Phytolacca
Flora of Zambia: Phytolacca

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Phytolacca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Phytolacca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Phytolacca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phytolacca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Phytolacca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Phytolacca.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=547, retrieved 28 July 2014

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