Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw., Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw.  (Syn: Caprifolium quinqueloculare Kuntze);


Shrub for ID from Shimla:
Please Identify this shrub shot near Ind. Inst. Adv. Studies, Shimla, in November 2010. Fruit unique to me atleast. Leaves opposite, rough. Flowers not seen.

-This should be Lonicera quinquelocularis variety translucens.

Other recipients:
Fruits look really beautiful..
Fruits look really beautiful..

it was Lonicera quinquelocularis


Flora of Chakrata 2012: Lonicera quinquelocularis for validation:
This shrub was shot from various locations of Chakrata region, during our recent trip to the area, May 15-18, 2012.
I hope this one is transluscent honeysuckle (though no fruits were seen this time)
Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw., Asiat. Res. 6:351, 1799.
Also attaching image of the fruits taken from Shimla in November 2010..

These fruits look so irresistible,

Very nice …, never seen these fruits in real life (as in your picture, vicarious viewing thru your camera, !!!)

What shrub/ABDEC32 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
While browsing the slopes for warm colours I found this shrub with small translucent litchi like fruits (without the outer skin). Please help in identifying it. Again, please excuse me for posting low-quality photos taken on my phone.
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
16 December 2014

This is transluscent honeysuckle, I hope you remember we saw this last month, but this was without fruits.. Lonicera quinquelocularis

… you are truly a teacher
Now I remember and made the connection
thanks … for following up and showing this very aptly named plant

Looks like Lonicera quinquinocularis..

Thank you … also confirms this to be Lonicera quinquinocularis or Translucent Honeysuckle. Do you know if the fruits are edible?

Thanks for showing plants with characters different from flowers. Most of us are more attracted towards flower but often we don’t know how the same plant looks in nonflowering stage.

Jasmine? ABMAY01/16 : 18 posts by 7 authors.
There are several shrubs of these near my home. Could this be a Jasmine?
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
8 May 2015

Himalayan honeysuckle ?
Lonicera glabrata most likely
opens white, turns yellow
wait till it fruits
may not be edible but translucent red berries may develop, I dont know for sure

Thank you … I will await the fruits.

Lonicera species in eFIoraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available)  

Is it an erect shrub ?

It is … But not tall, the branches bending low on the slopes.

Lonicera species

First photograph appears as Lonicera quinquelocularis.
Second and third one are of cultivated sp. L. japonica.

first one … i have no doubt you are right but the later two … i have doubts that its japanese honey suckle..
if not l. japonica what else could it be… needs further investigation.

i should perhaps know since i have helped our forest and bot dept. uproot hundreds over several years as part of volunteer group that tried to eradicate weeds invading the parkways and native forests…
may be key of native and invading loniceras would help
do you have one?

If I remember correctly these are of the same plant. It could be a cultivated species as well because I photographed it at the boundary of a school compound.

There is some confusion some where. My first reaction was also L. quinquelocularis (first photograph) and L. japonica (last two). The two can’t be normally be confused as former is an erect shrub with flowers not longer than 2 cm and latter a woody climber with flowers 3-5 cm long. I am uploading both for comparison.

My apologies for creating this confusion inadvertently. The two plants must then be growing next to each other making me believe that they were the same species.

Leaf morphology indicated these plants belonging to two different species. It is quite possible that they may be growing close to each others.

I realise my mistake … They were definitely close to each other otherwise I would not have made this error.

… number 2 and three have flowers that have thick juicy petals themselves, that does not tally with my experience of L. japonica, niether does it match any pictures on the net and not with … pictures…

Thank you .. for the pictures … which is which?
this thick juicy petals themselves (forget the sweet nectar that the hummingbirds and the butterflies with long probosis drink up and some children)  is neityher of the teo that have beeen menrtioned.
to my mind just the length does not make a flower.
Its the subtle quality of the petal has to be taken into account.
Ashwini, lets wait for the berries…  would be green turning to red, or white or even black..
we will definitely know then…

There is no doubt that these photographs belong to Lonicera quinquelocularis and L.japonica. … photographs have cleared all doubts regarding the identity.
I have posted Lonicera quinquelocularis in April 2018 and will also post L. japonica separately.


ANJUN23/24 Lonicera sp. for identification (Churdhar Trip 23) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Date: 24th May 2015
Place: Renuka Ji-Haripurdhar Route, Himachal Pradesh

Habit: Herb

Lonicera quiquelocularis.



shrub Himachal for identification SN 16March 04 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Shrub found at Dharmashala area of Himachal about 1600m altitude.

Lonicera sp. May be L quinquelocularis

Translucent Honeysuckle
Lonicera quinquelocularis



Lonicera quinquelocularis : For Validation : Srinagar : 07JUN16 : AK-4 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Seen at the Shankaracharya Hill on the 28th of April in Srinagar.
Kindly validate.

Lonicera sp?

Yes, L. quinquelocularis to me.
eFI page on the species.

Location – Srinagar hills (near Shankaracharya Temple)
Habitat -Wild
Shrub around 8 feet tall

Flower size 20 to 25 mm

I hope Lonicera quinquelocularis

Lonicera quinquelocularis AT APL 2018/05 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Lonicera quinquelocularis
Translucent Honeysuckle
March 2018


2100 metre level at Great Himalayan National Park on 11th May, 2009; For ID 040609 ET112 – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Great Himalayan National Park  base camp, on 10th May,2009; For ID 270509 ET – indiantreepix | Google Groups



Lonicera japonica: 1 high res. image.
Location: Rajouri j and k
Habit: Shrub

Yes …, nice click.

I think it is closer to Lonicera quinquelocularis than Lonicera japonica, as per images and details therein.

I guess you are right … Matches with images from efi.


Lonicera quinquelocularis: 3 images.
Location: Rajouri j and k
Date: 25/10/2021

yes, ovoid translucent fruits of Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw.
locally called BEKHRU in the Jammu region.


SK 3082 28 October 2021: 2 very high res. images.

Location: Rara, Nepal
Altitude:  2957m.
Date: 20 August 2021
Habit : Wild 

Could be some Lonicera sp.

it looks species of Lonicera. Need to check local flora.

Lonicera. Possibly L. quinquilocularis.

Fruits look different from images at Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw.
Pl. check Lonicera macrantha (D.Don) Spreng.
To me appears close.

L. macrantha thrives below 2100m. and climber. This looks like a shrub!

Check the fruits at Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw.

Ripe fruits are almost transparent white. But these fruits are unripe. As such, could not compare properly for ID !

at Great Himalayan National Park base camp, on 10th May,2009; For ID 010509 ET108 – indiantreepix | Google Groups


SK 3605 13 August 2022: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Dunai, Dolpa,  Nepal
Altitude:  2600m.
Date: 17 June 1022
Habit : Wild 


Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw. ! Please confirm !

Yes, appears close as per images at Lonicera quinquelocularis


J&K, Srinagar, April 2023 :: Lonicera (?) for ID :: ARK2023-042: 2 high res. images.
These buds were seen on the Shankaracharya hill in Srinagar, J&K in April 2023.
Are they some Lonicera?
Requested to please ID.

Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw. !

Yes Lonicera quinquelocularis


Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw.: (Mixed thread): 2nd set of images are correct- last 8 high res. images.

Location: Mid Hill way , Baglung, Nepal 
Date: 31 May 2023
Elevation: 2800 m.
Habit : Wild

This id may be correct as per images at




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