Taxon  Report   7320 
Sambucus mexicana  C. Presl  (not an active name; please see Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea)
Blue elderberry
Sambucus mexicana
© 2004 George W. Hartwell
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Sambucus mexicana, a dicot, is a tree or shrub that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Sambucus mexicana
© 2002 Lynn Watson
Genus: Sambucus
Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Southern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Habitat: canyons
Toxicity: MAJOR (RIPE FRUIT IS NONTOXIC)   [California Poison Control System 2010]    
Name Status:
Accepted in JM93
TJM2 accepted name: Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
PLANTS accepted name: Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis
NOTE: Sambucus mexicana is not an active name in the Calflora species table.
More information about  Sambucus mexicana
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Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Feb 24, 2018).

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