*Phytolacca octandra

Family Phytolaccaceae


Perennial herb 1 m high, often woody at the base, stems and inflorescences green to pink. 

Flowers: Green – pink, December – August.

Fruit: 8-lobed berry 4 – 6 mm diameter, red turning black when ripe, December – August. Fruit reportedly eaten and dispersed by Currawongs Strepera graculina.

Seed: 8 seeds per fruit.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of tropical America.
  • Weed of disturbed sites in full sun to light shade.
  • Occasional minor weed at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Phytolacca octandra plant

Phytolacca octandra flower

Phytolacca octandra fruit