Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Sambucus canadensis L.
Linnaeus, C. von (1753) Species Plantarum : 269. Type: North America.
Elder, Sweet; Elder, American; Sweet Elder; American Elder
Flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-3 m tall.
Flowers unpleasantly perfumed. Petals shortly fused at the base, about 3-3.5 mm long.
Distribution and Ecology
An introduced species originally from North America now naturalised in NEQ on parts of the Atherton Tableland mainly at higher elevations i.e. over 800 m. Grows in disturbed areas of rain forest, along roads and on the sites of former settlements. Also naturalised in Java.
Natural History & Notes
Fresh plant parts contain hydrocyanic acid (HCN). Austin, D. F. 1998. Poisonous Plants of Southern Florida.
Although the ripe fruits can be eaten, the unripe fruits, stems, twigs and leaves are poisonous.
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