Lonicera sempervirens L., Sp. Pl. 1: 173 173 1753. (Syn: Lonicera sempervirens var. sempervirens ; Periclymenum sempervirens (L.) Mill.; Phenianthus semperivens (L.) Raf. ex B.D. Jacks.);
Lonicera sempervirens[a] (also coral honeysuckle or trumpet honeysuckle) is a species of honeysuckle native to the eastern United States. It is grown as an plant for wildlife, as it is used by ruby-throated hummingbirds in their natural range. It is also grown as an ornamental for its attractive flowers, especially as a native alternative to the invasive Japanese honeysuckle. Several cultivars have been selected for variation in flower color, including ‘Magnifica’ (flowers red outside, yellow inside), ‘Sulphurea’ (yellow flowers), and ‘Superba’ (bright scarlet flowers). The plant is evergreen in zone 8 and warmer and deciduous in colder climates. It is a twining vine growing to 20 ft or more through shrubs and young trees. The leaves are produced in opposite pairs, oval, up to 5 cm long and 4 cm broad; the leaves immediately below the flowers are perfoliate, joined at the base in a complete ring round the shoot. The flowers are produced in clusters of several groups of three together, tubular, 5 cm long, with five small lobes opening at the tip to expose the stamens and stigma; they are bright red to pinkish-red, and pollinated by ruby-throated hummingbirds and insects.
A scandent or evergreen climbing shrub. Stem semi woody. Young branchlets purplish grey. Leaves opposite, obovate to elliptic, or lanceolate, 5-7 x 3-5 cm across, shining, leathery, margin entire, apex acuminate, petiole 0.3-0.6 cm long, the uppermost pair of leaves are distinct, bases are fused together and slender stem passes in-between these two fused leaves, margin entire, apex is obtuse to truncate, to become perfoliate-connate, this condition is also seen when stem terminates a inflorescence anywhere between the base and shoot of the climber. Flowers axillary usually in whorled 3 pairs, peduncle 3-5 mm long, actinomorphic, Calyx glabrous, Corolla scarlet red in colour, Corolla tube 4-5 x 0.3 cm, glabrous, Stamens 5, slightly exserted, anthers bilobed, style glabrous, slightly exserted than the stamens and corolla tube. Fruits scarlet red about 0.4-0.7 cm in diameter, ellipsoid.
Cultivated in gardens.
Global Distribution: Asia: China; Europe; North America: Canada, Mexico, United States of America.
Local Distribution: Uttarakhand.
Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India. & Kailash, B. R., UAS & ATREE, Bangalore, India. from India Biodiversity Portal)
Creeper for ID : 240111 : AK-2: 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Taken at Tsavo West National Park in January,2009. Is it some Honeysuckle sp?
Yes. Lonicera sempervirens, perhaps.
I think … is correct
Thanks for the id.
Lonicera sempervirens : For Validation : New York : 12AUG19 : AK-27 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Cultivated plant seen in a park in Manhattan during my visit in June, 17.
For validation please.
yes, coral honeysuckle
Climber for ID : From near Rishikesh: 09Dec19: SS1 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (11)
These are the pictures of a climber from a garden near Rishikesh. Photographed during April 2017.
Please help to identify.
Yes from me as well.
The Plant List Ver.1.1 Tropicos IPNI NPGS
India Biodiversity Portal Wikipedia Dave’s Garden RHS Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986)