Also known as pokeberry, pokebush, pokeroot, and inkberry.
There’s between 25 and 35 described species in the genus, and a few are tree sized. They’re native to the Americas and East Asia, but at least 5 species are weeds in Australia. One species is an invasive weed in the Pacific Northwest.
A related species has been found in fossils from the Upper Cretaceous.
The leaves of one species are used in poke salat in the American South, which is a bit weird since every part of the plant is quite poisonous.