Small trees or shrubs, branches often with lenticels. Leave opposite, simple or pinnate. Flowers in terminal inflorescences, bisexual, regular or irregular. Calyx tubular, 3–5-lobed. Corolla tubular, 3–5-lobed. Stamens inserted in corolla tube, sessile. Style terminal. Ovary inferior, 3–5-locular. Fruit a drupe. 5 gen, temp. and trop.

Sambucus L.

3 species in Aust. (2 endemic, 1 naturalized); Qld, NSW, Vic., Tas., S.A.

Large shrubs or small trees. Leaves imparipinnate, the lowest pair of leaflets sometimes resembling stipules. Flowers small, numerous in large terminal corymbose cymes. Calyx 3–5-toothed. Corolla white or yellow, with a very short tube and 3–5-equally spreading lobes. Ovary 3–5-locular; stigma sessile, 3–5-lobed. Fruit berry-like.