Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. sambucifolia—Elderberry Panax, Ornamental Ash.—ARALIACEAE.

Polyscias sambucifolia

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Habitat—Grows in wet sclerophyll forest, in or on the margins of subtropical, warm and cool—temperate rainforest.

Distribution—Victoria and New South Wales. Widespread on the coast and ranges, west to Mt Kaputar National Park in New South Wales.

Description—Much-branched, often root-suckering shrub or small tree to 5 m high; glabrescent.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, paired leafy stipules at base, toothed with a terminal leaf, 1—pinnate, 5 to 30 cm long; leaflets commonly petiolulate, occasionally subtended by a stipel, ovate or elliptic to broad—elliptic, margins ± toothed.

Polyscias sambucifolia
Polyscias sambucifolia

Inflorescence.—A compound panicle or rarely a simple umbel, umbels terminating all inflorescence branches; commonly branched to third order ;sessile. Flowers bisexual or male. Calyx a rim with 5 minute teeth. Petals 5, cream to light green or greenish yellow, sometimes united apically. Ovary 2 or 3—locular.

Flowering.—November to February.

Fruit.—Fruit globose, c. 4 mm long, translucent steely blue when ripe, edible

Ripe.—January to April.

Polyscias sambucifolia