PHYTOLACCACEAE - Pokeweed Family

Mostly herbs with alternate, simple, entire leaves

Seed with perisperm, no endosperm

18 genera, 125 species

Most familiar North American taxon is Phytolacca americana (Pokeweed)

This family has been broken up into a number of very small families, which indicates there is a lot of diversity in it.

Economic uses: poke salad (toxic if not prepared correctly)

Diagnostic characters: simple, entire leaves, dark blue fruits (Phytolacca)