Lonicera etrusca


Etruscan honeysuckle;


Lonicera etrusca is a species of honeysuckle known by the common name Etruscan honeysuckle.[2][3] It is native to Europe and it is known elsewhere, including the Pacific Northwest of North America, as an introduced species where it has escaped cultivation. It is kept in gardens as an ornamental plant.

This is a deciduous perennial climber which can reach lengths of 6 meters. It is lined with oval leaves several centimeters long and bears dense spikes of flowers with pairs of fused leaves at the bases. Each flower has an elongated tubular corolla up to 5 centimeters long divided partway into two lips. The flower is light yellow to pale reddish-pink. The stamens and style protrude from the flower's mouth. The fruit is a bright red rounded berry.

Notable cultivars include 'Donald Waterer'[4] and 'Superba',[5] which has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

(from Wikipedia on 25.2.16)



 
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Lonicera etrusca from California: Lonicera etrusca Santi, commonly known as Etruscan honeysuckle is distinguished by it upper leaves which are sessile and connate at base, flowers on peduncled panicles, yellowish with reddish tinge mainly on the outside. 
Photographed from Sunnyvale, California on October 5, 2010 

the sessile leaf is a very important clue I look for...


 
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