Botanical name: Phytolacca acinosa Family: Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed family)
Indian Pokeweed is a herbacious plant, growing up to 1-1.5 m tall. It has large lance-shaped leaves, 15-25 cm, which are long-pointed, and narrowed at the base to a short stalk. Green-white flowers are borne in erect cylindrical clusters, opposite the leaves. These spikes are 5-15 cm long. Flowers are 7 mm across, with 5 obovate, spreading petals, with 8-10 stamens. Each fruit has about 8 fleshy dark purple carpels. The fruits are also crowded on erect cylindrical clusters. Indian Pokeweed is said to have narcotic properties, and produces a bitter toxic substance. The leaves, when boiled, make an excellent pot-herb. Indian Pokeweed is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SW China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 1500-3000 m. Flowering: June-September.
Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
The flower labeled Indian Pokeweed is ...