Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Sambucus australasica (Lindl.) Fritsch
Fritsch, K. in Engler, H.G.A. & Prantl, K.A.E. (1891) Die Naturlichen Pflanzenfamilien 4: 162.
Native Elderberry; Elderberry; Yellow Elderberry; Native Elders
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-3 m tall.
Leaflet blades about 5 x 1-1.5 cm. Stipules, if present, about 2 mm long. Compound leaf rhachis and petiole grooved or channelled on the upper surface. Lateral veins curving but not forming distinct loops inside the leaflet blade margin. Twigs rather pithy. About 10-12 teeth on each side of the leaflet blade.
Each inflorescence consists of five main branches and contains numerous flowers. Flowers emit an unpleasant odour. Petals shortly fused at the base, about 3 mm long. Anther sacs almost separate from one another.
Cotyledons about 9-10 x 7 mm, apex apiculate or mucronate. First pair of leaves on long petioles, half as long as the leaf blades or longer. Leaf blade margins serrate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet margins conspicuously toothed. Crushed leaflets emit an obnoxious odour. Stipule-like leaflets present at the base of the compound leaf petiole, similar appendages also occur at the base of the first and second pairs of leaflets of the compound leaf. Tap root carrot-like (Daucus carota). Seed germination time 35 to 109 days.