Purple-Red Honeysuckle
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Purple-Red Honeysuckle
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Purple-Red Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Lonicera porphyrantha    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Lonicera mitis, Lonicera viridiflava

Purple-Red Honeysuckle is a rare but attractive alpine shrub up to 1 m or more. Leaves are blue-green, inverted lanceshaped, with bristly hairy margins and undersides. Flowers are purplish-red, fuinnel-shaped, up to 2.5 cm, paired, brone from axils of large leafy broad-ovate bracts. Stamens and styles do not protrude out. Fruit is black, paired, not fused together. Purple-Red Honeysuckle is found in the Himalayas, from E Nepal to SE Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 3600-4000 m. Flowering: June.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed enroute to Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh.

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