Sambucus adnata Wall. ex DC., Prodr. 4: 322 1830. (syn: Sambucus gautschii Wettst.; Sambucus schweriniana Rehder);
Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Chumbi, Assam, Tibet, China (Gansu, Guizhou, Ningxia,
Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan)
as per Catalogue of Life;

Common name: East Himalayan Elder, East Himalayan Elderberry • Nepali: Moti phool


Suffrutescent herbs or low shrubs, 1-2 m tall; root and rhizome red. Stem herbaceous with obvious pith. Leaves imparipinnate with stipules; leaflets 3-5, elliptical, ovate, lanceolate, 4-15 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, acuminate at apex, base obtuse to rounded and oblique, serrulate, sparely pubescent on upper surface, densely pubescent on the veins. Inflorescence a terminal compound corymb, ca. 15 cm. Flowers white, on slender pedicel, calyx lobes triangular, ca. 0.5 mm long, corolla rotate, 5-lobed, ovate, ca. 1.5 mm long, stamen 5, alternating with corolla lobes, anthers rounded, yellow; ovary 3-celled, style very short, stigma 3-lobed. Fruits globose, fleshy, red.

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Undershrub or perennial herb about 4-8 ft tall. Stem herbaceous, rhizome with fibrous roots, Pith red or white. Leaves opposite, imparipinnate, leaflets 5-9, narrowly oblong-lanceolate 5-15 x 2-3 cm across, puberulous or nearly glabrous, base obtuse, margin serrate, apex acuminate, except the terminal leaflet, remaining leaflets opposite, lateral veins 6-12 along either side of midvein. Inflorescence terminal multiparous umbellate cyme, grandular hairy and 15-20 cm in diameter in full bloom. Flowers hermaphrodite, actinomorphic, about 5 mm in diameter. Calyx lobes 5, triangular, about 0.5 mm long, pubescent, corolla white, stamens 5, anther yellow, styles short or nearly absent, stigma tri-lobed, ovary 3 loculed. Fruit drupe bright red, globose, 0.3 cm in diameter.
Flowering/Fruiting: May-August.
Understory shrub of forests at an altitude of about 4,000 to 10,000 ft; and cultivated.
Asia: Bhutan, China, India, Nepal; Assam, Sikkim, West Bengal
(attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India.

  • Kailash, B. R., UAS & ATREE, Bangalore, India from India Biodiversity Portal)

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    Request for identification-A3 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 2 MB.

    Kindly request you to identify with scientific names. This photo has been taken in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.


    Sambucus sp.
    Check Sambucus adnata.

    Did you check with the stated species? 


    Please check sambucus sp. 



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    MS June,2018/25 Leea or Sambucus sp. for ID : 12 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

    Location : Ailawng, Mizoram

    Date : 16-06-2018
    Habit : Semi-woody shrub
    Habitat : Wild

    Pl. check at 

    Sambucus adnata ??

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    To me appears close to Sambucus nigra L. an introduced species.

    It grows Wild near the ravine of the forests. I think it is indigenous sp. It is about 2-5 m. high with large pith. 

    What are the species reported from there? 

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    Fruits of same sp. Sambucus adnata occurs in Mizoram.

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    Yes, to me also appear close to images and references at Sambucus adnata Wall. ex DC.

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