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Phytolacca latbenia (Moq.) Walter in Engl. Jahrb. 37, Beibl. 85: 12. 1906.

Vern. Lubar, Rinsag.

  • Phytolacca acinosa Hk. f.
  • Pircunia latbenia (Moq.)

    Plants shrubby, 1-2 m tall. Stem stout, fistular. Leaves lanceolate to ovate, 12-30 cm long, 4-10 cm broad; petioles short. Inflorescence leaf opposed, short peduncled raceme, up to 25 cm long. Flowers greenish, 5 mm in diameter, pedicellate, bracteate. Bracts linear. Bracteoles 2, linear. Perianth 5, polyphyllous, each oblong, obtuse. Stamens 10, persistent. Carpels 6 8, free; 1 basal ovule in each; style prominent. Fruit a cluster of dark purple berries. Seeds compressed; testa almost black, glabrous.

    Fl. Per. June August.

    Distribution: Himalayas in India and Pakistan, China, Japan.

    A fairly common plant from 1500 3000 m in the Murree, Kaghan and Kashmir hills. The roots contain a resinoid substance, phytolaccin, which is used in medicine. They are also used to dilute belladonna. The leaves are cooked and used as a vegetable. Uncooked leaves are poisonous.


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