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Sambucus. - Synonym. - Elder. The flowers of Sambucus canadensis Linne (nat ord. Caprifoliacea).
North America, west to the Rocky Mountains, in damp places.
The flowers, when fresh, about 5 mm. broad, and after drying shrivelled; calyx superior, minutely five-toothed; corolla originally cream-colored, after drying pale brownish-yellow, wheel-shaped and five-lobed, with five stamens on the short tube; odor peculiar; taste sweetish, somewhat aromatic and bitterish.
Dose, 1/4 to 1 dr.; 2. to 4. gm.
Elder flowers are used to flavor medicines, and are gently-stimulant and diaphoretic.