Lonicera japonica Thunb., Syst. Veg. ed. 14 216 1784. (syn: Caprifolium chinense S.Watson ex Loudon; Caprifolium japonicum (Thunb.) Dum.Cours.; Caprifolium roseum Lam.;               (≡) Lonicera aureoreticulata T. Moore (basionym); (=) Lonicera japonica var. aureoreticulata (T. Moore) G. Nicholson);
China (Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang); Taiwan; Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu); North Korea; South Korea; Ryukyu Isl. [I]; England [I]; France [I]; Germany [I]; Switzerland [I]; Spain [I]; Italy [I]; Croatia [I]; Malta [I]; Greece [I]; Portugal [I]; Algeria [I]; European Russia [I]; Northern Caucasus [I]; Transcaucasus [I]; Tajikistan [I]; Uzbekistan [I]; Costa Rica [I]; Panama [I]; Nicaragua [I]; Honduras [I]; Venezuela [I]; Australia [I] (Western Australia [I], South Australia [I], Queensland [I], New South Wales [I], Victoria [I]); Java [I]; Philippines [I]; Peru [I]; Jamaica [I]; Ecuador [I]; Uruguay [I]; S-Brazil [I]; Bolivia [I]; Argentina [I]; New Zealand [I]; Mexico [I]; Puerto Rico [I]; Haiti [I]; Dominican Republic [I]; Saba [I]; Guadeloupe [I]; Martinique [I]; Cuba [I]; Cayman Isl. [I]; Colombia [I]; Fiji [I]; Norfolk Isl. [I]; Malesia [I]; Cook Isl. [I] (Rarotonga [I]); Niue [I]; Society Isl. [I] (Raiatea [I]); Rotuma Isl. [I]; Austral Isl. [I] (Tubuai [I]); Bonin Isl. [I]; Mauritius [I]; La Réunion [I]; D.R.Congo [Zaire] [I]; South Africa [I]; Rwanda [I]; Ethiopia [I]; Turkey [I] (NE-Anatolia [I]); Azores [I] (Sao Miguel Isl. [I], Terceira [I], Pico [I], Flores Isl. [I]); Madeira [I] (Madeira Isl. [I]); Canary Isl. [I] (Tenerife [I]); Hawaii [I] (Kauai [I], East Maui [I], Hawaii Isl. [I]); Myanmar [I]; Nepal [I]; India [I]; Bangladesh [I]; Pakistan [I]; Vietnam [I]; USA [I] (Alabama [I], Arkansas [I], Arizona [I], California [I], Connecticut [I], District of Columbia [I], Delaware [I], Florida [I], Georgia [I], Illinois [I], Indiana [I], Kansas [I], Kentucky [I], Louisiana [I], Massachusetts [I], Maryland [I], Maine [I], Michigan [I], Missouri [I], Mississippi [I], North Carolina [I], Nebraska [I], New Hampshire [I], New Jersey [I], New Mexico [I], Nevada [I], New York [I], Ohio [I], Oklahoma [I], Pennsylvania [I], Rhode Island [I], South Carolina [I], Tennessee [I], Texas [I], Utah [I], Virginia [I], Wisconsin [I], West Virginia [I]); Canada [I] (Ontario [I]); Trinidad & Tobago [I] as per Catalogue of Life;
Japanese Honeysuckle, Madhumati (Manipuri);

The Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica; Suikazura スイカズラ/吸い葛 in Japanese; Jinyinhua in Chinese; in Chinese and Japanese) is a species of honeysuckle native to eastern Asia including China, Japan and Korea.

It is a twining vine able to climb up to 10 metres (33 ft) high or more in trees, with opposite, simple oval leaves 3–8 centimetres (1.2–3.1 in) long and 2–3 centimetres (0.79–1.2 in) broad. The flowers are double-tongued, opening white and fading to yellow, and sweetly vanilla scented. The fruit is a globose[clarification needed] dark blue berry 5–8 millimetres (0.20–0.31 in) diameter containing numerous seeds.
It is an invasive species in a number of countries.
This species is often sold by American nurseries as the cultivar ‘Hall’s Prolific’ (Lonicera Japonica var. Halliana). It is an effective groundcover, and has pleasant, strong-smelling flowers. It can be cultivated by seed, cuttings, or layering. In addition, it will spread itself via shoots if given enough space to grow.
In both its native and introduced range, Japanese Honeysuckle can be a significant source of food for deer, rabbits, hummingbirds and other wildlife.[1]
(From wikipedia on 9.6.13)



Flora of Mississippi, USA-002:
The Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica of Caprifoliaceae, from Mississippi.

– Mine from California, photographed 2009

– Now they are in full bloom, making their vicinities pleasantly fragrant.

– Mein from Ritterhude. July 2010. Hope the ID is correct!

– Your first one is fine but you seem to have mixed up another species in next photographed. I have photographed it in California and will upload it separately.

In Connecticut and neighboring counties in NY this is considered extremely invasive, and we volunteered three summers to remove them lock stock and roots from river banks and native woodlands and conservancies, along with other invasive species… in mid 90s..I think in this case we had moderate success … local flora got space
to grow and thrive..
And YET  in other parts of the country they are still being planted as ground cover and as ornamental … go figure !!!
Yet, many of us do love the flowers and paint them, photograph them, and watch hummingbirds hover….


Garden flowers from Dalhousie al200711:
Some garden plants from Dalhousie for id..

Location Dalhousie
Altitude 2100 mts
Habit Herb
Habitat Garden/Urban

SYMBIOSIS : 379 :  Attachments (1).  1 post by 1 author.
Attaching an image of a Common Grass Yellow butterfly on the flower of Lonicera japonica (HONEY SUCKLE).

SYMBIOSIS : 586 :  1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Attaching an image of a Tailed Jay butterfly on the flowers of Lonicera japonica.

plant for id xii : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Found in Kashmir

Lonicera japonica
the honeysuckle

Honeysuckle For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore 310714 : AK-44 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
Honeysuckle climber seen at Lalbagh on 28/7/14.
For Species id please.
Sorry for bad pictures due to low light.

Lonicera sp. Caprifoliaceae family

Lonicera – species in India (from some regional floras) & eFloraofindia with details & some keys

This is a creeping shrubby plant? Most reasonably, it should be Lonicera japonica– Honey Suckle.

Thanks for the id. It does look like Lonicera japonica.

Fwd: need authintication : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (4)
It is found in the Karnatak University campus.
Probably the member of acantheceae
find the attached photos

Pl. check Lonicera japonica Thunb. as per comparative images at Lonicera


For ID 290709 ET : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
I took this picture on the way from Kargil to Kashmir September, 2007.
Please give ID

…. could it be Lonicera japonica ?

Looks like Lonicera quinquelocularis

I think matches with images at Lonicera japonica Thunb. 

Yes … It matches Lonicera japonica Thunb.

Fwd: STORY OF A FLOWER ( HONEYSUCKLE ) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
In 1974 while undergoing training at Indian Military Academy we were taken to a hill feature called CLOUD END. There was a briefing by the platoon commander at a forest rest house. The briefing was on but a sweet smell of some flower distracted my attention.All the time my eyes were trying to locate the source of this sweet smell. There was a break after the briefing. I started searching the area to locate the source of this sweet smell. I found a climbing twiner near the rest house with white white flowers was the source. This flower was not familiar to me. I asked the chowkidar about the identity of the flower. He told me it was CHAMELI. I have heard about Chameli but have not seen one, so for me the flower was CHAMELI.
      In 1981 I was at Pachmarhi. There are number of old bungalows at Pachmarhi. In one of those bungalows I found the same plant. AEC training college and centre has a well stocked library. With the help of SOME BEAUTIFUL INDIAN CLIMBERS AND SHRUBS by L N Bor and M B Raizada I concluded that the flower was Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). I was in love with this flower and wanted to plant one in our garden at Cooch Behar. A sapling was brought from Pachmarhi and it was planted in 1985. When the plant blooms it reminds my days in Dehradun and Pachmarhi.
Attaching a collage of the plant in our garden.


Lonicera japonica :: TMC Biodiversity Park :: 15 APR 18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.
TMC Biodiversity Park  Thane
Date: April 15, 2018 … Altitude: about 15 m (50 feet) asl
Lonicera japonica  Thunb.


Lonicera japonica AT/MAY 2018/03 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Lonicera japonica
Golden-and-silver honeysuckle or Japanese honeysuckle
Cultivated ornamental climber



Lonicera japonica Thunb. ??? : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Mirik ( Soureni),India
Altitude: 5800 ft.
Date: 8 May 2018
Habit : Cultivated

Nepali Name :  जुहि Juhee  

Yes, Sir

Saw this climber in Auli, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018. It was cultivated and not wild.
Is this Lonicera japonica?

Appears close as per images at
But leaves are creating a little bit of doubt at first glance.


Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’:
Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’

At Bageshwar,Uttarakhand

Pl. check more photographs. This species has flowers 6 per whorl and infl forms terminal head. I find two-flowered clusters here.
I would suggest L. japonica var. chinensis

is there a your kind a key for lonicera, …?

No one can make keys simpler than Bailey, Manual of cultivated plants. I also have Rehder, Manual of cultivated trees and shrubs, both bought here. Bailey is so good even for simple identification of families. It used to cost just Rs. 50/- in our student days, but we managed with library copy. Now out of print but I bought an old copy here for about Rs. 800/- now. It is a real assett to possess for garden lover (although it does not contain all the species; Hortus Third has most, but without keys; I left my copy in India, baggage weight limit problems).
I am sending the photocopy of the key. Hope it helps.

I agree with …



Lonicera japonica NSD-1, 26/06/2023: 1 image.
Common Name: Japanese honeysuckle or golden and silver honey suckle

Botanical Name: Lonicera japonica
Family: Caprifoliaceae
An ornamental climber from Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. 18 June 2023


Lonicera japonica NSD-1 26/6/2023: 1 image.
Common Name: Japanese honeysuckle or golden and silver honey suckle

Botanical Name: Lonicera japonica
Family: Caprifoliaceae
An ornamental climber from Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. 18 June 2023


Please id this Honeysuckle: 3 images.

Found this Honeysuckle plant with fragrant beautiful flowers on the way towards Sattal from Manila, Uttarkhand, May 2023. This may be a Lonicera glabrata (Himalayan Honeysuckle). Please provide the proper id.

Cultivated ?

Yes sir, looks cultivated one. But I don’t know whether it is a wild or a garden variety

Could be Lonicera japonica Thunb.


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