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This plant was found growing in Germany. I have never seen it before, reverse Google image search did not help either. Can you help me identify what type of plant this is?

Full view Flower Root

Thanks, looks like it is something like this:

http://pflanzen-enzyklopaedie.eu/stauden/amerikanische-kermesbeere-phytolacca-americana/#more-4034

Related question:

http://gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/2609/what-is-this-fast-growing-plant-with-blue-black-berries/2610#2610

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Nice pictures! Thanks also for getting pictures of different plant parts. –  Oreotrephes Jul 12 at 14:14
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Also see similar question on GL. (Highest voted three-word answer on the whole site.) –  J. Musser Jul 14 at 21:59
    
Shouldn't this question be moved to GL. As per this discussion on meta meta.biology.stackexchange.com/questions/151/… –  Patrick B. Jul 16 at 9:03
    
@PatrickB see this question: Is it a good idea to have an identical topic (plant identification) on both GL and Biology? I'm coming to the conclusion that plant identification questions can be asked on either site, but for different reasons. –  J. Musser Jul 16 at 20:53

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This looks like some species of Phytolacca to me.

It's possibly Phytolacca americana, which is native to the US (in fact it's an enthusiastic 'volunteer' in my garden) but naturalized in Europe.

If you still have any in the ground, once they ripen, the berries are intensely purple and can be used as dye (or even eaten?)


Mark A. Nienaber & John W. Thieret. Phytolaccaceae. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. New York and Oxford. (link goes to entry of P. americana)

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Seems like it is an invasive species that can prevent others from growing. –  DisplayName Jul 12 at 16:01
    
It certainly grows very weedily here! –  Oreotrephes Jul 12 at 20:01
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Oreotrephes You have a garden, therefore you should get over to GL now and then. =) –  J. Musser Aug 12 at 13:01

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