Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

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Scientific Name Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Red Elderberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Adoxaceae (Muskroot), formerly Caprifoliaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine. Meadows, forest openings, along streams.
Plant: Bush 3 to 10 feet tall, many reddish branches.
Leaves: Opposite, pinnately-compound leaves with 5 to 7 large (about 5-inches long) leaflets, each elliptic-shaped, pale green with coarsely toothed edges.
Inflorescence: White/cream flowers clustered in oval-shaped panicles of racemes at tops of stems; each blossom about 1/8-inch across with 5 petals and stamens; yellow anthers.
Fruit: Clusters of berry-like drupes each about 1/4-inch across, usually red.
References: Descr. adapted from "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier and Wikipedia
Colorado Status

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