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Old 12-22-2010, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default ID help for last June's flower

Found these as I was cleaning out old photo folders. It's from early last June. I'm pretty sure it's a Viburnum but I can't nail down which one. The closest I can find is a variety of Witherod (Viburnum nudum) but that has smooth edged leaves and grows in thickets and swamps and my specimen has tooth-edged leaves and was growing along the fence line of a sheep pasture. Any ideas?
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:55 PM   #2
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I think it's an elderberry, Sambucus sp. The flowers are almost identical to some viburnums but the leaves are very different.

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Old 12-22-2010, 04:50 PM   #3
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and another door opens...
Thank you, swamp thing. I believe you're right and I can see why I thought viburnum. The flowers are very similar. I may not be able to nail down the variety (especially with such mediocre pics) but I'll take this one as IDed. Thanks again.
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Old 12-22-2010, 05:30 PM   #4
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You can tell by the shape of the flower head that this one would be Sambucus canadensis (assuming it's a native).

The flower head is flat on the S. canadensis:
Sambucus**** canadensis: UW-Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium: Plant Details Page
and cone shaped on the S. racemosa:
Sambucus**** racemosa: UW-Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium: Plant Details Page
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Old 12-22-2010, 05:46 PM   #5
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Done and done! Thanks cirsium. Once again You folks have demonstrated what a great resource WG is. Great job!
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