Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (Red Elderberry) - photos and description

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa
Raised bumps on stems

General: Shrubs forming dense clumps of leafy stems. There are small raised bumps growing along the stems. Foliage is foul-smelling when crushed.

Flowers: Flowers are tiny, white, the petals are recurved, the flowers have 5 stamens growing in a star arrangement. We measured a flower at 3 mm long and 3 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves opposite, and pinnately compound, having 5 to 7 leaflets. We measured a leaf at 12 cm long (including petiole) and 13 cm wide. Leaflets are elliptical to ovate, leaflets are serrate. We measured a leaflet at 6.5 cm long (including petiole) and 27 mm wide. Top of leaflets are sparsely hairy, bottom of leaflets are pubescent.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 6 m. We measured plants to 2.38 m tall.

Habitat: Moist woods in east central Saskatchewan.

Abundance: This plant is rare, ranked as an S3 (as of 2019) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos on June 16th roadside in moist mixed woods, boreal Forest, 450 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.