Myrtle Honeysuckle
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Myrtle Honeysuckle
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Myrtle Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Lonicera angustifolia var. myrtillus    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Lonicera myrtillus, Lonicera parvifolia var. myrtillus

Myrtle Honeysuckle is a small rigid shrub with slender prostrate branches. Flower are up to 7 mm long, yellowish-white tinged with pink or completely pink. Tube is cylindrical or broadly bell-shaped, not swollen at the base, nearly-equally 5-lobed, lobes rounded, erect. Calyx teeth are prominent, triangular to linear. Stamens and style do not protrude out of the flower. Berries 1, fused, red. Leaves are 5-20 mm long, elliptic, oblong or obovate oblong; leaf-stalk very short. Bracts are leaf-like, amost as long as flower tube. Bracteoles fused, cup-shaped, nearly as long as the ovaries, inconspicuous in fruit. Myrtle Honeysuckle is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SW China, at altitudes of 2400-4500 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang distt., Arunachal Pradesh & Gulmarg, Kashmir.

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