Sambucus gaudichaudiana DC.

White Elderberry

Prodr. 4: 322 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tender subshrub or shrub to c. 1(–2) m high; stems annual, herbaceous from a perennial tuberous rootstock, sparsely scabrous. Leaves sessile, mostly 10–35 cm long, basal pair of leaflets stipule-like; leaflets 3–11, ovate to narrow-lanceolate, mostly 3–15 cm long and 10–60 mm wide, glabrescent, apex acuminate, base asymmetric, margins serrate to more or less lobed; petiolules to 10 mm long. Inflorescences corymb-like, 8–20 cm diam., much-branched; bracts usually absent. Sepals usually 4, ovate, c. 1 mm long, glabrous; petals 2–5 mm long, shortly connate, white. Drupe ovoid to globose, c. 5 mm long, white, edible. Flowers mainly Oct.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread in cool shaded forests, often in rocky places, but also found in shaded gorges on the Victorian Volcanic Plain.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Caprifoliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Dipsacales
genus Sambucus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sambucus gaudichaudiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sambucus gaudichaudiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory