Lonicera rupicola Hook. fil. & Thoms., J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 2: 168 (1858) (syn: Caprifolium rupicola Kuntze, Devendraea rupicola (Hook.f. & Thomson) Pusalkar; Lonicera rupicola subsp. thibetica (Bureau & Franch.) Y.C.Tang, Lonicera thibetica Bureau & Franch.);
Himalaya to N. & Central China: China North-Central, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, Qinghai, Tibet as per POWO;

A rigid shrub 1-4 ft tall. Young branchlets pubescent, hairy, becoming leafless and sub-spinescent. Leaves opposite, oblong or oblong-lanceolate, 1-1.4 x 0.3-0.5 cm across, subobtuse at both the ends, subglabrous above, tomentose beneath, base subtruncate, margin entire or very slightly undulate, apex acuminate to acute, petiole about 1-2 mm long. Flowers axillary in pairs on young branches;peduncle hardly if any or very short, bracts linear obovate or linear oblanceolate, 0.4 cm long, often subfoliaceous, tomentose beneath, bracteoles small quadrate, distinct obsolete in the fruit; calyx glabrous, 5 lobed, calyx teeth about 0.3 cm long, narrow lanceolate pubescent. Corolla purplish-red, tubular, minutely hairy, corolla tube 0.6 x 0.3 cm, crowned by long calyx teeth. Stamens 5, half the length of the corolla, style half the length of the corolla. Fruit berries, red when ripe, 0.4-0.6 cm in diameter.
Flowering/Fruiting: May-August.
Forests at an altitude of about 7,000-17,000 ft.
(Attributions: Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India. | Kailash, B. R., UAS & ATREE, Bangalore, India as per India Biodiversity Portal);

Requesting id .:  1 very high res. image.
Kindly help in the identification of a high elevation shrub with red berries. The plant somewhat resemble berberis but with no thorns.

Elevation: 11000 ft
Location: North Sikkim
Kindly check the attached photograph.

Rosa species?

I tried in Rosaceae but could not pinpoint the genus.

Possibility of Lonicera sp??
Kindly check.

This is a species of Lonicera

It’s seems to be Lonicera species

Perfect match with Lonicera rupicola.




POWO  Specimen  Catalogue of Life  Flora of China  FOC illustration  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  India Biodiversity Portal  Bhutan Biodiversity Portal  Asian Flora  trees and shrubs online  hortipedia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *