Lonicera thibetica Bur. & Franch.

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'Lonicera thibetica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lonicera/lonicera-thibetica/). Accessed 2020-03-29.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
style
Generally an elongated structure arising from the ovary bearing the stigma at its tip.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Lonicera thibetica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lonicera/lonicera-thibetica/). Accessed 2020-03-29.

A deciduous shrub of low, spreading habit when young, forming in the adult state a dense rounded mass of intertwined branches 6 ft high and 10 ft or more through; young shoots purplish, downy, the bark peeling in thin strips the second year. Leaves often in threes, narrowly oblong, rounded at the base, pointed, 13 to 1 in. long, 18 to 13 in. wide, dark glossy green and glabrous above, covered with a dense white felt beneath; stalk 112 in. or less in length. Flowers produced in pairs during May and June from the leaf-axils of the young shoots, often six flowers at each joint, fragrant, 13 in. across, lilac-coloured and perfumed like lilac. Corolla-tube 12 in. long, downy within and without; lobes equal, roundish ovate. Calyx-lobes awl-shaped, downy, as long as the style. Berries red, oblong, 14 in. long.

Native of W. China; introduced in 1897. A very pretty and distinct honeysuckle, allied to L. rupicola, but easily distinguished by the white-felted undersurface of the leaves, and deeper coloured smaller flowers.

L. syringantha is another close ally, but has leaves quite glabrous beneath and the corolla glabrous on the outside.


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