Sambucus gaudichaudiana—White Elderberry—ADOXACEAE

Sambucus gaudichaudiana

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Habitat— In Warm Temperate and Dry Rainforests and Vine Thickets but chiefly in Sclerophyll Forest; widespread, especially in moister sites, from coastal districts to sheltered inland sites.

Distribution— North from East Gippsland in Victoria, through New South Wales and west to Warren and to Rockhampton in Queensland. Also occurring in Tasmania and South Australia.

Description—Evergreen shrub to 2 m high, herbaceous, grooved stems from a perennial tuberous /rhizomatous rootstock, ± sparsely hispid.

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park

Leaves.—Compound, opposite, toothed, leaflets 5 to 11, sometimes in threes, Imparipinnate with some leaflets often further divided and leaves ± bipinnate, 10 to 35 cm long; basal pair stipule–like; leaflets ovate to narrow–lanceolate, mostly 3 to 15 cm long, 10 to 60 mm wide, apex acuminate, base asymmetric, margins toothed to ± lobed, lamina sparsely hispid; petiole ± absent, lateral petiolules 3 to 10 mm long; stipules leaf–like.

Sambucus gaudichaudiana
Sambucus gaudichaudiana

Inflorescence.— Flowers mostly 4–merous 8 to 20 cm diam. Corolla c. 5 mm long, white.

Flowering.—November to January

Fruit.—Ovoid, commonly 5 mm long, white, edible.

Ripe.—December to March