Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle
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Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Lonicera microphylla    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Lonicera bungeana, Lonicera alpigena, Caprifolium microphyllum

Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle is a small shrub upto 2 m tall. Leaves are small, 1.5-2.5 cm long, oblong or obovate, velvet-hairy, nearly stalkless. Flower-cluster-stalks are 0.5-2 cm long, slender, minutely velvet-hairy. Flowers are about 1 cm long, bilipped, pale yellow, hairless; tube very short, strongly gibbous. Stamens and stigma protruding. Sepal-cup is 3 mm long, lobes obsolete, margin, wavy. Neighboring 2 ovaries fused completely or at least to middle. Bracts are about 3 mm long, linear, longer than ovaries. Bracteoles obsolete or minute. Berries are fused, about 4 mm long, spherical, red. Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle is found in NE Afghanistan to SW Siberia and W Himalaya, Taiwan. It is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 3000-4100 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Mansa Srivastav Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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