Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Red Elder Berry Flowers

We are in the midst of the flowering cycle for the red elderberry (Sambuca racemosa) which isn't too special in itself, they are reasonably showy clusters of creamy white flowers, but they don't last that long and then they go brown.  What is unusual is the smell.  If you've been wandering around and you are near a cluster of these plants and start asking other people what that smell is, then look no further than your nearest red elder berry bush.  Pojar and Mackinnon, in Plants of Coastal British Columbia, describe the smell as, "a strong unpleasant odour".  I don't find it unpleasant, it is strong and it is unique, but stand beside one and you decide.  I might not be the best judge though because I like the smell of skunk cabbageGrizzly

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