Poke or Pokeberry or Pokeweed
(Phytolacca americana L.)
(= P. decandra L.)
- Saponins, believed to be the primary toxic constituents, are present in the berry juice
and other parts.
- Other toxic constituents have also been identified including the alkaloid phytolaccine
(in small amounts) and the alkaloid phytolaccotoxin, as well as a glycoprotein.
- If used as food, the water in which they are boiled must be thrown away.
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Last revised 12/07/95
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