All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Common Elderberry</strong>
<em>Sambucus canadensis</em> /Honeysuckle Family<br>
The berries of this common roadside plant have been used to make a delicate pink wine. All other parts of the Elderberry are toxic, they contain the cyanogenic gl...
Common Elderberry
Sambucus canadensis /Honeysuckle Family

The berries of this common roadside plant have been used to make a delicate pink wine. All other parts of the Elderberry are toxic, they contain the cyanogenic glycoside sambunigrin which is changed by microorganisms in the rumen to form hydrogen cyanide (HCN). I photographed this one along Pumphouse Road in Oak Ridge in mid-June.
Perennial
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Warriors' Path SP, Cumberland Trail

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