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 Phytolacca dioica
Author:   Carl Linnaeus, 1762
Family:  Phytolaccaceae 
Origin:  Central South America
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  7 meters
Height:  14,5 meters or more
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Ombu, Bella Sombre, Pokeweed, Belhambra, Bella Ombre, Omboe, Umbo, Umbra tree, Elephant tree, Fitolaca, Beautiful shade
Synonyms:  Pircunia dioca, Moquin, 1849.

The fruits and the cleaned seeds.


This member of the Phytolaccaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1762, and is found on the Pampas in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It grows in rich peat with lots of water from October to December, and lots of sun. The small flowers are green, as well as the berries. It can both be reproduced by seeds and cuttings. I found mine in a small flower stand in the streets of Buenos Aires, where it can been seen in most parks and other green areas.

The genera name means 'plant', and 'crimson color' for the  berries. The species name means 'male and female flowers on separate plants'.

The flowers from,

My small plant, and the shop I bought it at.