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American Pokeweed

American Pokeweed
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-26
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-09-03 22:05
Viewed: 2376
Points: 5
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found out a road, at 10 minutes' drive.. long, but quite remote. hardly two cars pass by in 30 minutes. no traffic signal.. nothing. as if just a by-pass. that road has got a dense wood on both sides of it. the trees are so tall, old and huge.. like the majestic trees in the lap of Himalaya. that's my new 'bird lane' :)

so many different birds can be heard over there. i went there twice, and seen some new birds along with some new butterflies.. the trees are so tall and the wood is so dense that almost no sunlight reach over there.

i found this plant and many more of them along that lane.

this plant is called American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) and belongs to the family 'Phytolaccaceae'. interestingly, they have got pink stems, small & white flowers and these blackish purple berry kind of fruits.

it is said that along with the roots, the seeds of these fruits are highly toxic. but birds can escape that. birds eat these fruits but the seeds are not digested and come out with droppings.

southern & eastern part of USA
eastern part of Canada

Medicine & research:
the berries and the dried roots are used to produce herbal medicines.
research shows, the protein in Pokeweeds (PAP) has anti-tumor effects in mice and laboratory studies. moreover, in test tube studies, PAP has also shown action against viruses such as herpes and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). here remember, Pokeweed antiviral protein (PAP) is difficult to remove from the plant in its natural form.
all parts of the plant are at least mildly poisonous when eaten, although the root is most toxic.

Other uses:
the berry juice was used as a dye by the early colonists and to improve cheap wine.
Cooked berries are safe for making pies. [still better not]

information courtesy:
American Cancer Society
Wild Flower Center

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  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2012-09-03 22:09]

Here is my friend, with some kind of juicy think in dark ruby colors and lots of noise around, like a swarm of bees ..... hm! Brave entry one more time! Take care my traveler ...
George Veltchev

hello Ruby
very good sharpness and nice details
the colours and light are beautiful
nice composition to
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ruby,
Other then the noise in the BG this is a great shot of Pokeweed. We have alot of Poke growing here in Ohio, and it is actually edible in it's early stages of growth. The tiny green immature fruits always remind me of miniture pumpkins. I love the pinkish colors of the stem in contrast to the dark purplish color of the fully ripened fruit.
Poke is one of the earliest plants to come up in the Spring. When the shoots are just a few inches high they are picked and eaten in a salad for greens, especially in the southern states.
As a boy I grew up hearing about Poke Salad on the radio in a song called "Poke Salad Annie". I checked out utube and found the song if you care to hear it.

Nice capture but could have been better. The background is also a bit noisy.

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