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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Lonicera dioica
Twining Honeysuckle
Caprifoliaceac (Honeysuckle Family)

Description

General - semi-erect shrub or twining woody vine; light-coloured shreddy bark; branchlets smooth, green or purplish; older stems turn brown to grey.

Twining Honeysuckle Leaves - opposite, simple, obovate or oval, 5-8 cm long; rounded or blunt at tip; dark green, smooth above; pale, often hairy below, particularly on veins; smooth edged; uppermost leaves joined at base, form cup around stem.

Flowers - in clusters at branch tips; yellow to orange (often turn reddish with age), tubular to funnel-shaped, 2-2.5 cm long, with 2 spreading lips; appearing in late May to early July.

Fruit - Red berries, 8-12 mm long, in clusters surrounded by leafy cups; inedible, extremely bitter.

Habitat

Dry woods, thickets and rocky slopes; common in the region from Thunder Bay to Lake of the Woods and near Lake Superior.

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