English name: Phytolacca
Synonyms: Poke Root, Ink-berry.
Phytolacca discandra L.
Part used: Root
Impurities: None given officially.
Ash: Not more than 14%.
Habitat: Northeastern, Central, Southern USA
Description: Phytolacca occurs as a mixture of entire, broken, transverse, longitudinal, and oblique sections. The roots vary in length up to 4 dm. and in width up to 9.7
cm. The uncut roots are simple or branched. The texture is coarsely fibrous. The color varies from light yellowish to grayish brown. The surface is irregularly wrinkled
longitudinally and incompletely annulate; the ridges are very light yellow. The fracture is very strong, tough and hackly. The outline is circular or oval and irregular. The cortex is thin
and brown. The wood in transverse sections shows concentric ridges of elevated fibrous tissue between which are sunken masses of parenchymatic tissue;