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TARTARIAN HONEYSUCKLE

Lonicera tatarica

Honeysuckle Family [Caprifoliaceae]

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18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
A deciduous shrub to 4m high.


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Fowers pink, leaves mid-green.


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Flowers in small groups. Leaves elliptical to ovate, between 3 and 8cm long.


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Leaves opposite, flowers in pairs growing from leaf axils.


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Two long, narrow bracts at the base of each flower-pair AND reddish-pink (sometimes white) flowers that are zygomorphic differentiate this Honeysuckle from several other similar ones.


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Flowers zygomorphic as are most Honeysuckles (rather than the actinomorphic/hemizygomorphic of a few Honeysuckles). Un-opened flower buds on left. Five petals and five prominent stamens bearing yellow pollen. A single style lurks amidst them.


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Zygomorphic flowers : petals in a triplet and a separated pair (when not dishevelled by wind or rain).


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Flowers emerge conically (before petals flare out) from a very small sepal cup, with 5 short triangular pinkish sepals at the opening. One of the two long narrow bracts is also visible in the photo.


18th April 2014, Freshfields, Formby, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Matt leaves in pairs, flowers in pairs on long stalks emerging from the leaf axils.


Can be mistaken for : Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum) but that grows to only half the height (2m) and has pale yellow to cream coloured flowers and smaller flowers only 8-15mm across (as opposed to 15-25mm across for Tartarian Honeysuckle). Also, the leaves are hairy on Fly Honeysuckle (hairless on Tartarian Honeysuckle). Both have two long, narrow bracts underneath the flower-pairs [as do Wilson's Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) and Box-Leaved Honeysuckle (Lonicera pileata), but both of those have purple/violet berries instead of orange/red berries].

Not directly related to : Himalayan Honeysuckle [which is in the same Honeysuckle Family but in a differing genus, Leycestaria].

A deciduous non-native garden shrub native to Siberia and East Asia which escapes as bird-sown occasionally. It has a red berry. In North America it is an introduced so-called 'noxious weed', spreading out of control forming thickets.


  Lonicera tatarica  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caprifoliaceae  

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TARTARIAN HONEYSUCKLE

Lonicera tatarica

Honeysuckle Family [Caprifoliaceae]