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Common name: White Elderberry
Sambucus gaudichaudiana DC. APNI*
Description: Evergreen shrub to 2 m high, herbaceous, grooved stems from a perennial tuberous /rhizomatous rootstock, ± sparsely hispid.
Leaves imparipinnate with some leaflets often further divided and leaves ± bipinnate, 10–35 cm long; leaflets (3-)5–11, basal pair stipule-like; leaflets ovate to narrow-lanceolate, mostly 3–15 cm long, 10–60 mm wide, apex acuminate, base asymmetric, margins toothed to ± lobed, lamina sparsely hispid; petiole ± absent, lateral petiolules 3–10 mm long; stipules leaf-like.
Inflorescences 8–20 cm diam. Flowers mostly 4-merous. Corolla c. 5 mm long, white.
Fruit ovoid, c. 5 mm long, white, edible.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows chiefly in sclerophyll forest; widespread, especially in moister sites, from coastal districts to sheltered inland sites, west to the Warren district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden (1992); edited KL Wilson (Dec 2007)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992); R Bolli (1994)
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