Polyscias sambucifolia

Common name: 

Elderberry Panax

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Midlands, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (JMNPRSTVWZ) also NSW

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Only grows in sheltered positions in moist forests in the south of the Prom. Often in fern gullies1

Flower description:

Cream to light green or greeny-yellow2


Medium to tall shrub to 4 m1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has pinnate leaves and clusters of small, think-stalked flowers arranged in umbels. Fruit is a succulent blue drupe3
There are three subspecies however only subsp. 'Short leaflets' is present at the Prom2

Image of Polyscias sambucifolia
Image of Polyscias sambucifolia
Image of Polyscias sambucifolia Image: Mary Ellis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
3 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.