Sambucus australasica—Native Elderberry, Yellow Elderberry, Native Elder—ADOXACEAE.

Sambucus australasica

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Habitat—Grows mostly in and on the margins of rainforest; widespread in coastal districts and inland to Rylstone and Tamworth districts in New South Wales.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Evergreen shrub or small tree to 4 m high, ± glabrous.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Compound, opposite, toothed, leaflets 3 to 5; imparipinnate, 6 to 25 cm long; narrow—elliptic to oblanceolate, 2 to 10 cm long, 4 to 30 mm wide, apex acuminate, base usually not asymmetric, margins coarsely toothed, lamina soft and ± glabrous; petiole 2 to 10 cm long, lateral petiolules 2 to 5 mm long.

Sambucus australasica
Sambucus australasica

Inflorescence.—10 to 20 diam. Flowers usually 3—merous. Corolla c. 3 mm long, white.

Flowering.—October to March.

Fruit.—Ovoid to ± globose, c. 5 mm diam., yellow.

Ripe.—November to April.

Sambucus australasica