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#1681 - Phytolacca sp. - Pokeweed

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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. 

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