(Phytolacca pruinosa)
Phytolacca pruinosa


A non-aromatic perennial with a woody rootstock and reddish, pith rich stems. The large, smooth leaves are tapering in outline. Between April and July small greenish yellow flowers, crowded into a spike, appear. Fruit is a fleshy berry, black in colour, containing compressed seeds.


Grows on dry rocky mountainsides, by roadsides and in forest clearings from 3,000 ft to 5,600 ft. It is commonly encountered on the higher slopes of the Troodos mountains.

Uses and Properties

Ink produced from the fruits and flowers of this plant has been used for centuries, hence the local name "melanies" meaning inky. The leaves, fruits and roots have purgative properties.