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pokeweed

or

pokeberry,

tall, bushy perennial herb (Phytolacca americana) native to North America but cultivated and naturalized in Europe. The long clusters of white flowers are followed by purplish black flattened berries, whose crimson juice has been used as ink and to color wines but is considered poisonous. The dried roots are sometimes used as an emetic or purgative; the young shoots are used for greens or eaten like asparagus. The plant is also called poke, inkberry, and garget. Pokeweed is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Chenopodiales, family Phytolaccaceae.

pokeweed

[′pōk‚wēd]
(botany)
Phytolacca americana. A poisonous garden weed that is found throughout the United States but is native to the eastern and central areas. Symptoms of poisoning include an immediate burning bitter taste, salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, and possible shock.
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