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Inkweed (Phytolacca octandra) is very similar to American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) and Venezuelan pokeweed (Phytolacca rivinoides). These species can be distinguished by the following differences:
-Inkweed (Phytolacca octandra) flowers are borne on very short stalks (i.e. pedicels) only 2-3 mm long and usually have 7-8 stamens. Their ‘petals’ (i.e. tepals or perianth segments) turn red and persist on the developing fruit. The mature fruit are relatively small (4-6 mm across) and usually have eight slight lobes (i.e. they usually contain eight seeds).
-American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) flowers are borne on relatively long stalks (i.e. pedicels) 5-10 mm long and usually have 10-11 stamens. Their ‘petals’ (i.e. tepals or perianth segments) turn red and persist on the developing fruit. The mature fruit are relatively large (5-11 mm across) and have ten or eleven slight lobes (i.e. they contain ten or eleven seeds).
-Venezuelan pokeweed (Phytolacca rivinoides) flowers are borne on relatively long stalks (i.e. pedicels) 7-12 mm long and have 9-14 stamens. Their ‘petals’ (i.e. tepals or perianth segments) fall off as the fruit begin to mature. The mature fruit are relatively small (5-6 mm across) and have 12-16 slight lobes (i.e. they contain 12-16 seeds).

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Phytolacca acinosa Roxb. (China (Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang), Taiwan, Tibet, North Korea, South Korea, Japan (I), India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin), Vietnam, Germany (I), Croatia (I), Czech Republic (I), Slovakia (I), USA (I) (Wisconsin (I)) as per Catalogue of Life)

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Phytolacca dioica L. (Colombia (Antioquia, Quindo, Risaralda, Tolima), Argentina (Buenos Aires, Chaco, Corrientes, Distrito Federal, Entre Rios, Formosa, Misiones, Salta, Santa Fe, San Luis, Tucuman), Brazil (Parana, Santa Catarina), Paraguay (Amambay, Caaguazu, Canindeyu, Central, Cordillera, Guaira, Paraguari), Uruguay (Montevideo), Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela (Aragua, Delta Amacuro, Distrito Federal), NE-Brazil, WC-Brazil (Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul), SE-Brazil (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro), Bolivia (Cochabamba, La Paz), Mexico (I), Spain (I), Gibraltar (I), France (I), Malta (I), Sicily (I), Greece (I), Morocco (I), Algeria (I), Tunisia (I), Libya (I), Madeira (I), Canary Isl. (I) (La Palma Isl. (I), Gran Canaria (I)), Italy (I), Australia (I) (Queensland (I), New South Wales (I), Victoria (I)), East Aegaean Isl. (I), Rhodos (I), Java (I), Sri Lanka (I), Philippines (I), S-India (I), Nepal (I), trop. Africa (I), South Africa (I) (widespread), Namibia (I), Botswana (I), Sudan (I) as per Catalogue of Life)

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Phytolacca icosandra L. (syn: Phytolacca octandra L.) (USA (Arizona, Wisconsin, Arizona (I), California (I), Maryland (I)), Costa Rica, Galapagos Isl., Mexico (Aguascalientes, Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Ciudad de Mexico, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico State, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatan, Zacatecas), Bolivia (La Paz), Jamaica, Peru, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic, ?Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas (I), Belize, Venezuela (Aragua, Delta Amacuro, Distrito Federal, Guarico, Falcon, Lara, Merida, Miranda, Monagas, Sucre, Tachira), Ecuador, Isla del Coco, Panama, Trinidad, Colombia (Antioquia, Boyac, Cauca, Cesar, Cundinamarca, Huila, Magdalena, Meta, Quindo, Risaralda, Tolima), South Africa (I) (widespread), Swaziland (I), Zimbabwe (I), Kenya (I), Old World Tropics (I), India (I), Sri Lanka (I), peninsular Malaysia (I) (Cameron Highlands (I), Pahang (I)), Sumatra (I), Java (I), Norfolk Isl. (I), Hawaii (I) (Kauai (I), Oahu (I), Molokai (I), Lanai (I), Maui (I)), New Zealand (I), New Caledonia (I), Australia (I) (Western Australia (I), South Australia (I), Queensland (I), New South Wales (I), Victoria (I)) as per Catalogue of Life)

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Pl. go throughPhytolacca‎‎ ‎(Phytolaccaceae) page with images of species in efloraofindia.

If you find any incorrect identification, pl. let us know. If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.


 

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