Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrubs or trees, rarely perennial herbs, sometimes spreading by suckers. Leaves opposite, imparipinnate, sometimes with stipule-like basal leaflets; leaflets serrate; stipels present or absent. Inflorescences terminal compound cymes or panicles, many-flowered; bracts, if present, scale-like. Flowers small, pedicellate; sepals 3–5, small, persistent; corolla rotate, actinomorphic, 2–5-lobed, lobes shortly connate; stamens 2–5, filaments inserted in throat of corolla-tube; ovary 2–5-celled, ovule 1 per cell, style short, 2–5-lobed. Fruit a small drupe with 2–5 cartilaginous nutlets.

About 10 species, almost cosmopolitan but mostly from temperate and subtropical regions; 3 species in Australia, 2 endemic, 1 naturalised.

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, 2019-01-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Dipsacales
Higher taxa
genus Sambucus
Subordinate taxa