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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Subshrub, shrub, vine, or small tree
Leaves opposite, simple or compound; stipules generally 0
Flower: calyx tube fused to ovary, limb generally 5-lobed; corolla radial or bilateral, rotate to cylindric, generally 5-lobed; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary inferior, 15-chambered, style l
Fruit: berry, drupe, or capsule
Genera in family: ± 12 genera, 450 species: especially n temp
Recent taxonomic note: Recently treated to include Valerianaceae (and Dispaceae); Sambucus, Viburnum recently treated in Adoxaceae
Large shrub (or small tree generally lacking main trunk), deciduous
Stem: pith conspicuous, spongy
Leaves pinnately (rarely bipinnately) compound, with terminal leaflet; leaflets serrate
Inflorescence: panicle made up of cymes, terminal
Flower small; calyx 5-toothed; corolla radial, rotate, 5-lobed, white or cream; ovary chambers 35, ovules 1 per chamber and suspended from its top, style short, stigmas 35
Etymology: (Greek, the name of a musical instrument made from wood of this genus)
Species in genus: 20 species: temp, subtropical; some cultivated as ornamental.
TOXIC in quantity (except cooked fruits).
Shrub 12 m
Leaf: leaflets 57, 412 cm, oblong to narrowly ovate, ± abruptly acuminate, glabrous beneath or ± stiff-hairy along veins
Inflorescence generally 47 cm diam, dome-shaped
Fruit purplish black, not glaucous
Ecology: Streamsides, edges of meadow or coniferous forest
Elevation: 18003600 m.
Bioregional distribution: Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to w Canada, Utah, New Mexico
Horticultural information: 4, 5, WET: 1, 2, 6, 7.