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Sambucus ebulus L.

Family - Caprifoliaceae

Common Name - Danewort

 

 

Native 

Poisonous 

 

 

 

 

Unscented Leaves 

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Description

The leaves, flowers and berries are all similar to Sambucus nigra (elderberry). However, this species has herbaceous stems and a woody rootstock. It rarely grows more than 1 m high. A distinctive feature are the large leaf-like stipules.

Habitats
Roadsides
Wasteland
Leaves of Sambucus ebulus
© Quentin GroomFruits of Sambucus ebulus
© Quentin Groom
Description of Genus

Deciduous trees, shrubs or sometimes herbs. The leaves are alternate and pinnate, sometimes with stipules. The fruit is a drupe.

Habitat Notes

It used to be used medicinally and in the production of dye. It is therefore often found close to habitation where it was cultivated.

Life History
Perennial
UK distribution

Found in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. (See Map)

Flowering Time

In flower during July and August.

Fruit

The fruit is a drupe.

Flower

The flower is actinomorphic and is white in colour.

Names in other languages and countries

France
Hièble
Germany
Zwerg-Holunder
Spain
Yezgo
Sweden
sommarfläder
Dutch
kruidvlier
Poland
Bez hebd