Phytolacca dioica L.

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Phytolacca dioica

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Common names: Belhambra (English) Bella ombre (English) OmbĂș (English)
Frequency: Frequently cultivated; rare as an escape
Status: Cultivated and naturalised
Dioecious tree to 20 m or more. Leaves alternate, simple; petiole long, slender; lamina elliptic to ovate with an acute apex; midvein prominent. Inflorescences racemose, suberect, becoming pendulous. Male flowers: stamens 20-30. Female flowers: staminodes c. 10; ovary consisting of 7-10 carpels. Fruit a berry.
Derivation of specific name: dioica: with male and female flowers on separate plants; dioecious
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Worldwide distribution: South America
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Images last updated: Saturday 24 September 2011

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.

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Flora of Botswana: Phytolacca dioica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Phytolacca dioica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phytolacca dioica
African Plant Database: Phytolacca dioica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Phytolacca dioica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phytolacca dioica
JSTOR Plant Science: Phytolacca dioica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Phytolacca dioica
Plants of the World Online: Phytolacca dioica
Tropicos: Phytolacca dioica
Wikipedia: Phytolacca dioica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Phytolacca dioica., retrieved 24 June 2024

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