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Lonicera xylosteum L.

Family - Caprifoliaceae

Common Name - Fly Honeysuckle

 

 

Native 

Poisonous 

 

 

 

 

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Description

A medium sized, deciduous shrub. The leaves are softly hairy and untoothed. The flowers are either white or cream. They are held in pairs on short peduncles. At the base of each pair of flowers are broad bracteoles. The bracteoles cover the base of the immature fruit and outside of them are tiny linear-lanceolate bracts.

Habitats
Deciduous woodland
Hedgerows
Branches and flowers of Lonicera xylosteum
© Tina Teearu www.teearu.freeserve.co.ukBoth side of a leaf of Lonicera xylosteum
© Quentin Groom
Description of Genus

Shrubs or woody climbers, deciduous or evergreen. Leaves opposite either with a short petiole or sessile. Fruit a fleshy berry.

Habitat Notes

Woodland, hedges and scrub.

Life History
Perennial
UK distribution

Widespread, but less common in northern Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the west country. (See Map)

Flowering Time

In flower during May and June.

Fruit

The fruit is a berry.

Flower

The flower is zygomorphic

Names in other languages and countries

France
Chèvrefeuille
Germany
Rote Heckenkirsche
Rotes Geissblatt
Italy
Gisilosteo
Sweden
skogstry
Dutch
rode kamperfoelie
USA
dwarf honeysuckle
Finland
lehtokuusama
kuusama, lehto-
Poland
Wiciokrzew suchodrzew