Lonicera webbiana Wall., Prodr. 4: 336 1830. (syn: Lonicera adenophora Franch.; Lonicera alpigena var. phaeantha Rehder; Lonicera alpigena var. webbiana (Wall. ex DC.) G. Nicholson; Lonicera heteroloba Batalin; Lonicera ocyphylla Edgew.; Lonicera tatsienensis Franch.; Lonicera webbiana var. lanpingensis Y. C. Tang);
Shrub about 10-15 ft tall. Bark dark brown. Branchlets pubescent. Leaves ovate-elliptic or lanceolate, 5-10 x 2-7 cm across, subglabrous, pilose beneath, base obtuse to rounded, margin ciliate or crenulate, apex acute to acuminate with mucronate tip, lateral veins 4-8 on either side of the midvein, petiole 0.4-0.8 cm long, Flowers in peduncled pairs; peduncle stout, flattened, slightly thickened upwards, nearly glabrous, about 3-6 cm long; bracts lanceolate or linear; bracteoles very small. Calyx tube pubescent, calyx tube of the same pair separate, glabrous, limb short, lobes small, apex obtuse. Corolla reddish purple, becomes light coloured when flower blooms; corolla tube very short, grandular hairy, shallowly gibbous, slender base, Stamens 5, about the same length as the corolla, anthers bilobed. Style puberulous. Fruit berry bright red, purplish black when ripe, free, about 1 cm in diameter, globose, seeds ellipsoid.
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Lonicera for sure, will have to find species with red berries.
Lonicera caucasica does not have any distribution in India.
Instead, Lonicera caucasica subsp. govaniana (Wall. ex DC.) Hara in Hara & Williams is found in India but it has black fruits as per Flora of Pakistan. Also looks different as per GBIF specimens from India.
This appears close to Lonicera webbiana Wall. ex DC. as per description in Flora of Pakistan and details at FoP illustration, FoC illustration, FoC illustration 2, FoC image, GBIF specimens from India– specimen 1, specimen 2, specimen 3.
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Yes I think you are right
Leaves opposite; petiolate.
Lamina elliptic, margins entire, apex acute.
fruits – Berries 2 in number, red.
I think it may be Lonicera webbiana Wall. ex DC., as per images and details herein and as per keys in Flora of Pakistan.
no sir, not L. webbiana, please have a look at FOI
Where is the doubt ? In fruit shape?
Flora of Pakistan says “Berries c. 7 mm long, ovoid, red, free”
India Biodiversity Portal says “Fruit berry bright red, purplish black when ripe, free, about 1 cm in diameter, globose, seeds ellipsoid“
Checked sir, yes it seems L. webbiana. Thanks a lot.
just checked Naithani, H. B. (2019). Floral wealth of Valley of Flowers National Park–A world heritage site–With special reference to Bhundyar valley, according to that this species is L. Caucasia as per images and description.
Flora of Pakistan gives the following keys:
As per POWO, only Lonicera caucasica subsp. govaniana (Wall. ex DC.) H.Hara is reported in our area.
But the Flora of Pakistan above says the berries black.
What do you say, …
yes, sir checked. You’re right, FoP shows berries are black.
POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 Tropicos FoP illustration, FoC illustration, FoC illustration 2, FoC image, GBIF specimens from India– specimen 1, specimen 2, specimen 3 Flora of China Flora of Pakistan Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal Flowers of India India Biodiversity Portal