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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Dipsacales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sambucus canadensis   FAMILY Adoxaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 174-06-001:
Sambucus canadensis   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Sambucus canadensis var. canadensis

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Elderberry, American Elder


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JK Marlow    jkm191222_2372_s_canadens

    Clay County    AL

Cheaha State Park

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_saca12_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0005e_31

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0206b_09a

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0306f_17

June    Greenville County    SC

Many small, white, fragrant flowers gathered in large flat-topped clusters, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm0406f_28

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm070601_003

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm070601_012

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm070601_019

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0407k_26

July    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    s040713_d

July    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

Leaves with 5-11 coarsely toothed leaflets, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    s040713_e

July    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

Leaflets occasionally subdivided or lobed, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Gill Newberry    gn08_s_canadensis_berries

August        

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Gill Newberry    gn08_s_canadensis_habitat

August        

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Gill Newberry    gn08_s_lvs_and_fr

August        

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JK Marlow    jkm0308r_19

August    Jackson County    NC

Roadside

Fruits dark purplish-black or black, borne in flat-topped clusters, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.


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JK Marlow    jkm060805_110

August    Haywood County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm060805_117

August    Haywood County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sambucus canadensis   FAMILY Adoxaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 174-06-001:
Sambucus canadensis   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Sambucus canadensis var. canadensis

 

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1310

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Bottomland and riparian forests, streambanks, thickets, marshes, swamps, seeps, spring runs, mesic upland forests, pond margins, pastures, fencerows, other disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 5-11 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
5 sepals, very small
5-lobed rotate corolla
5 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Purplish/Blackish
Berry

 

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