Phytolacca octandra L.
Red Ink Plant
Sp.Pl. edn 2, 1:631 (1762)
Tuesday 24 October 1995
Spreading, erect perennial, herb or shrub, 0.4-1.7 m high. Fl. white-pink-red, Jan to Mar or Sep or Dec. Sand, sandy loam. A weed of disturbed soils.
Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Fitzgerald, Perth, Southern Cross, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Cambridge, Capel, Cockburn, Collie, Dardanup, Denmark, Harvey, Joondalup, Kwinana, Mandurah, Melville, Mukinbudin, Perth, Plantagenet, Rockingham, South Perth, Stirling, Swan, Wanneroo, Waroona, Yilgarn.
Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink,
Thursday 24 July 2014
Alternative Names. Pokeweed, Red Ink Plant, Tropical Pokeweed, Button Pokeweed.
General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Perennial. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Birds, foxes (by ingestion). Seedbank persistence. Short, days- 1 year.
Notes. Generally appears after disturbance, such as clearing or fire. Aggressive growth can suppress any other plants growing beneath it. Develops a large woody taproot.
Additional information. Origin. North and South America.
Suggested method of management and control. Hand pulling is ineffective if the root is not removed and allowed to re-grow. Dig out isolated plants and cut root at least 5 cm below ground level. Otherwise spray with 1% glyphosate + Pulse®. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.
Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.
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