This soft-leaved shrub has opposite, compound leaves, composed of 3‒5 leaflets with toothed edges. Leaflets are light green, 5‒15 cm long, with pointed tips and visible mid and lateral veins on both surfaces.
The first pair of leaflets is quite distant from the main stalk and the branchlets have green quadrangular stems. The shrub has small, pale yellow flowers in large, loose clusters in summer. The small, yellow berries ripen from autumn to winter.
Occasional young shrubs occur in most rainforest patches, and less commonly in old stands of rainforest. This plant belongs to the same genus as the European Elderberry Sambucus nigra.
Snowy River, VIC to Mount Glorious, southern QLD