The ombú (phytolacca dioica) is a large, rapidly growing, herbaceous evergreen tree
of the pampas
, in South America
. Indeed, it is the only tree native to the pampas, though it is more of a huge bush
It has a broad trunk (up to 15m in girth) with a high water content, and dark green elliptical leaves, sometimes boiled in water and used as a laxative. The bark is thick, the wood soft and spongy, and the sap poisonous.
The word "ombú" is from the Guaraní word, "shadow".