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Family: Caprifoliaceae
Lonicera japonica

Citation: Thunb., Fl. Jap. 89 (1784).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Honeysuckle, Japanese honeysuckle, woodbine.

Semi-evergreen scrambler or shrub up to 2 m high, the reddish-brown branches covered with fine spreading hairs; leaves with a petiole 3-8 mm long; blade oblong to ovate-oblong, 3.5-7 x 2-3.5 cm, acute or pointed but apex often wearing off with age, with adpressed hairs along the veins and margins.

Flowers borne in pairs usually on short stalks in the axils of leaves along the upper parts of the branches; bracts immediately below the flowers, the outer pair leaf-like, the inner pairs scale-like; calyx lobes linear-triangular, 1.5-2.5 mm long, with marginal hairs forward directed; corolla off-white to pale-yellow and more or less tinged pink outside, with scattered glandular and eglandular hairs outside, with a slender tube 15-18 mm long, 2-lipped with the upper tip broad and vaguely 4-lobed and the narrow lower lip entire; stamens 5, inserted in the throat of the corolla tube; ovary inferior.

Fruit a berry with few seeds, black.

image of FSA3_Lonicera_jap.jpg
Image source: fig. 616 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Morley & Toelken (1983) Flowering plants in Australia, fig. 146.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: SL.   W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.   New Zealand and southern Europe; native to eastern Asia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Fig. 616.

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Biology: No text

Uses: Many horticultural varieties of this species are widely cultivated in Australia.

Author: Not yet available

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