Common name: Vine Honeysuckle

Images by Nidhan Singh




Scandent shrub. Branchlets with stiff brownish yellow hairs. Leaves opposite, lanceolate-oblong, or elliptic-lanceolate 7-11 x 3-4 cm across, margin ciliate, apex acuminate to mucronate, lateral veins 5-12 on both the sides of the mid vein, vein lets reticulate, base subcordate to rounded, hairy above and beneath, sometimes older leaves not hairy, petiole hairy about 0.5 cm long. Inflorescence axillary, terminal many flowered heads corymb like, also often axillary 2-flowered peduncles also clustered, on the upper part of the branchlets, floral leaves gradually reduced, the uppermost linear-lanceolate, bracteiform, bracts subulate, slightly longer or shorter than the calyx tube with stiff hairs, lobes lanceolate-ovate or linear lanceolate as long as tube, margin ciliate or glabrous. Corolla cream yellow to orange, with stiff hairs or glabrous outside, Corolla tube funnel shaped, lobes ovate, orbicular. Stamens 5, longer than the corolla, filament short stiff and hairy at the base, anthers about 5 mm long. Style about the same length as the stamens, hairy except the apex. Fruit bluish black about 5 mm in diameter. Seeds many ellipsoid.

Flowering/Fruiting: June-December.
Forests of altitude of about 3,000-9,000 ft.
Lonicera species flowers are bisexual i.e., with functional male (androecium) and female (gynoecium), including stamens, carpels and ovary. Pollination is entomophilous i.e., by insects.
Seeds dispersed by barochory i.e., gravitational dispersal, endozoochory i.e., dispersal by animals internally, epizoochory i.e., dispersal by animals externally, and anthropochory i.e., dispersal by humans.
Global Distribution: Asia: Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines.
Local Distribution: Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim.
(Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India. & Kailash, B. R., UAS & ATREE, Bangalore, India.

Lonicera acuminata from Darjeeling for validation:: NS June 11 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5).
I got this shrub en route Siliguri from Darjeeling..
I think this should be Vine Honeysuckle,..
Lonicera acuminata….please suggest..

The photograph uploaded may be Lonicera japonica because in L. auminata the leaves are acuminate

Yes .It is more near to Lonicera japonica.

Please go through the link:

Which suggests this to be Lonicera acuminata..


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