|Author: ||Carl Linnaeus, 1762
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru,
||Rich - Mix
||Ombu, Bella Sombre, Pokeweed,
Belhambra, Bella Ombre, Omboe, Umbo, Umbra tree, Elephant tree,
Fitolaca, Beautiful shade
dioca, Moquin, 1849.
Phytolacca arborea, Moq.
Phytolacca dioica var. ovatifolia, Chodat.
Phytolacca populifolia, Salisb.
Phytolacca weberbaueri, H.Walter.
Sarcoca dioica, Raf.
This member of the
Phytolaccaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1762, and is found on the Pampas
in central South America. It grows in rich soil or a mix,
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. The stem can grow to two metres in diameter, while
the root spread to seven metres on the surface. The tree will grow from 15
to 25 metres in height.
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
The genera name means 'plant',
and 'crimson color' for the berries. The species name means
'male and female flowers on separate plants'.