Photos of Sambucus racemosa, Red Elderberry

Sambucus racemosa, Red Elderberry is a variable holarctic circumboreal species, with a continuous interconnected range with geographical variation, which have been treated as at least 35 different taxonomic entities depending on regional morpholgical differences. Two unique anthocyanidins in this species, as it is broadly defined, characterize it's identity. These photos were taken off an island on the northern Maine coast, near Deer Isle. Also known as stinking elder, the red fruits are considered inedible.

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