Common name: Himalaya Honeysuckle
Leycesteria formosa Wall. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2 m high, deciduous; stems finely hairy.
Leaves ovate to broad-ovate, 5–15 cm long, 2–6 cm wide, apex long-acuminate, base cuneate, margins entire or finely toothed, lamina minutely pubescent; petiole 5–15 mm long.
Flowers in compact cymes, usually surrounded by bracts; bracts c. 20 mm long, ovate, purplish. Corolla c. 20 mm long, purplish, nearly equally 5-lobed.
Berry ovoid to ± globose, c. 10 mm long, dark red.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated, rarely naturalized in the Blue Mtns and near Khancoban. Native of Himalaya Mtns & W China.
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
Text by KL Wilson (Sept 2006); G. J. Harden (1992)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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