Common name: Winter Honeysuckle
Lonicera fragrantissima Lindl. & Paxton APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2.5 m high, deciduous or evergreen, glabrous except for the leaf margins and midrib.
Leaves opposite with a prominent ridge between opposite petioles; lamina obovate to elliptic, 2–4 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, apex short-acuminate, base cuneate, margins ± entire, both surfaces glabrous except along midrib and margins, upper surface dark green, lower surface ± glaucous; petiole 2–5 mm long.
Flowers paired; peduncle c. 5 mm long, bracts c. 10 mm long, green. Flowers creamy-white, very fragrant. Corolla 10–15 mm long.
Fruit ovoid, 4–6 mm long, red.
Distribution and occurrence: Occasionally cultivated; rarely naturalized, recorded for Yass district. Native of China.
NSW subdivisions: *NT, *ST
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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