Taxon  Report   6491    
Phytolacca americana  L.
American pokeweed,  Pokeberry
Phytolacca americana
© 2004 Tom Greer
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Phytolacca americana
© 2010 Louis-M. Landry
Phytolacca americana
© 2012 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy
Phytolacca americana, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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Bloom Period
Phytolacca americana
© 2018 John Malpas
Genus: Phytolacca
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Toxicity: MINOR

Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + PLANTS

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Dec 15, 2018).