100 Days Project

Jacinda: Inkweed

100 black ink drawings of common New Zealand garden weeds (plants found growing where they are not wanted). The drawings, made on A4 paper, will loosely depict the plants' essential characteristics. Where possible I will identify them using the Massey University Weed Database and other online sources. On completion I will output all the drawings as one large poster on photorag paper.

Day 64:

Inkweed

Phytolacca octandra

Found within a tangled mass of other weeds at the roadside edge of a west Auckland garden, this inkweed plant had grown undisturbed for a year or more. Just finished flowering and the inky berries starting to form on the stems.

Originally from tropical South & Central America. It is a soft-wooded, bushy and leafy perennial shrub that grows up to 2 metres tall. The leaves are narrow-oval and are alternate and light green when young, but occasionally turn reddish in autumn. From November to August dense, erect, cylindrical flower clusters (up to 7 cm long) turning from green to pink are produced along the main stem, followed by succulent, purple-black berries (8 mm in diameter) with dark red juice containing seeds. In sheltered frost free locations, inkweed may survive for a number of years and reach a diameter of 2-3 metres or more. (T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network)