Botanical name: Sambucus wightiana Family: Adoxaceae (Moschatel family)
Synonyms: Sambucus gautschii
Kashmir Elder is a somewhat woody herb growing up to 1-11.5 m tall, with green stems. Numerous tiny white flowers are borne in flat-topped clusters 5-10 cm across, enlarging to 25 cm in fruit. The clusters have 3-4 primary branches which are further irregularly branched. Flowers are 3 mm across, with 5 spreading petals and protruding stamens. Leaves are compound, 15-30 cm long, with 5-9 lanceshaped leaflets which are long-pointed and sharply toothed. Stipules are leaf-like, toothed. Fruit is a round orange-red berry, 4-5 mm across, turning black later. Kashmir Elder is found in Kashmir and Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 1500-3600 m. Flowering: June-July.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Kashmir Elder is ...