Common name: Japanese Honeysuckle, Madhumati (Manipuri)
Botanical name: Lonicera japonica Family: Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle family)
The Japanese Honeysuckle
is a species of honeysuckle native to eastern Asia including Japan,
Korea, northern and eastern China, and Taiwan.
It is a twining vine able to climb up to 10 m high
or more in trees, with opposite, simple oval leaves 3-8 cm long and 2-3 cm
broad. The flowers are attractive and very fragrant, but the vine is extremely
invasive. The flowers, which turn from white to yellow as they age, first
appear in early May and continue intermittently through fall. They are popular
nectar sources for bees, butterflies and humans. The Manipuri name
Madhumati is indicative of that.
The fruit is a globose dark blue berry 5-8 mm diameter containing numerous