Common name: Japanese Honeysuckle
Lonicera japonica Thunb. ex Murray APNI*
Description: Climber or scrambling shrub, usually 7–10 m high, semideciduous, young stems pubescent.
Leaves opposite with a prominent ridge between opposite petioles; lamina ovate to oblong-ovate, 3–8 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, apex short-acuminate to obtuse, base rounded, margins entire, both surfaces sparsely hairy but upper surface glabrescent with age; petiole 3–10 mm long.
Flowers paired; peduncle 5–50 mm long, bracts 5–20 mm long, green. Flowers white, often purplish outside, turning yellowish, fragrant. Corolla 20–30 cm long.
Fruit ovoid, 6–10 mm long, shiny black.
Distribution and occurrence: Frequently cultivated, sometimes naturalized in moist gullies, especially in the Sydney district; north from the A.C.T. Native of E Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Qld *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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