Common name: Translucent Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Lonicera quinquelocularis Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Lonicera translucens
Translucent Honeysuckle is a large hairy shrub, or a small tree, growing up
to 5 m tall. Bark is grey, and the young branches are purplish in color.
Ovate to broadly lancelike leaves, 3-6.5 cm long, are hairy beneath. Paired
flowers are borne in stalkless clusters in leaf axils. Flowers are 1.3 cm
across, finely hairy outside, cream colored, turning yellow. Flowers are
2-lipped, with the stamens and the style protruding out. Fruit is ovoid, to
6 mm, green or white transluscent. Translucent Honeysuckle is found in the
Himalayan region, from Afghanistan to S.W. China, at altitudes of 1800-3000
m. Flowering: April-July.
|Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.|