Phytolacca octandra, Fam. Phytolaccaceae
An erect much branched short-lived perennial herb with stout stems to 2m tall, often with a reddish tinge.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Alternate simple, elliptic to ovate, 35-150 x 10-80mm, tapered at both ends, green turning red, usually glabrous though lower surface sometimes has sparse hairs along veins, margins entire.
White, Purple, Green
|Flower description:||Small greenish-white becoming purplish, arranged in dense axillary racemes, 70-140mm long and becoming longer as fruits develop.|
|Fruit description:||Berries flattened globose, 4-8 mm diameter, purplish-black when mature with reddish- purple juice and 8 black seeds 2mm in diameter.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested, potential allergen, irritant sap, toxic or irritant to domestic pets, toxic to native animals|
|Notes:||Spread by: birds. Invades/threats: rainforest margins, open forest, pastures and disturbed areas. Notes: known to occur on Clarke Range but it doesn’t appear to be widespread in this region. All parts of the plant are poisonous; sap can cause skin irritation. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|