Rough-Leaved Honeysuckle
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Rough-Leaved Honeysuckle
P Native Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Rough-Leaved Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Lonicera asperifolia    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Lonicera affinis, Caprifolium asperifolium, Xylosteon asperifolium

Rough-Leaved Honeysuckle is an erect shrub up to 1.5 m tall, with branches and leaves bristly all over. Flowers are tubular, 1.3-1.8 cm long, narrow, swollen at the base, broader at the mouth, petals at least half as long as the tube, nearly equal, bristly on the outer surface. Stamens and style protrude out. Sepal-tube is glandular, fringed with hairs. Flower-cluster-stalks are up to 3 mm long. Bracts are 5-7 mm, ovate, flat, glandular-velvet-hairy, bristly. Leaves are 2-3 x 0.5-1.2 cm, ovate or elliptic, somewhat pointed, base more or less rounded, margin bristly, fringed with hairs, crisp, scattered bristly hair on both surfaces. Berries are borne in pairs with persistent sepal-cup, about 1 cm long, ovoid, free, orange-red. Rough-Leaved Honeysuckle is found in dry valleys in C. Asia, Hindukush, Afghanistan, Himalayas eastward to China, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Baralacha, Himachal Pradesh.

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