Some authorities treat this species as a subspecies of Sambucus nigra, viz Sambucus nigra subsp peruviana (Kunth) Bolli.
Sambucus nigra peruviana (Kunth) Bolli.
Common Name: Sauco
Sauco is a deciduous tree growing up to 12 metres tall[
The plant provides an edible fruit and medicinal uses. It is gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is also sometimes grown as a component in hedges and has been trialled in soil stabilization and/or water conservation schemes[
S. America - Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia to Panama and Costa Rica in Central America.
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A plant of higher elevations in the tropics, often found at elevations over 3,000 metres[
Fruit - cooked and made into a syrup[
]. Used in the preparation of jams, wine and non-alcoholic drinks[
The leaves are excitant[
]. They are mixed with the leaves of markhu (Ambrosia artemisioides) in a pot and toasted (heated without water); the juice that gathers on the bottom of the pot is rubbed on the belly to treat stomach-ache[
A syrup made from the fruit is used in the treatment of throat troubles and ulcers[
The plant is cultivated as a part of hedges in Peru[
It is also used in soil stabilization and/or water conservation schemes on an experimental basis in Bolivia[
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