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Lonicera hispidula

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CaprifoliaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Subshrub to small tree or vine. Leaf: opposite, simple or compound; stipules generally 0. Flower: calyx tube fused to ovary, limb generally 5-lobed; corolla radial or bilateral, rotate to cylindric, generally 5-lobed; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary inferior, 1--5-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, drupe.
Genera In Family: 5 genera, 220 species: especially northern temperate. Note: Linnaea moved to Linnaeaceae; Sambucus and Viburnum to Adoxaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell, family description, key to genera
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: LoniceraView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub, twining to erect. Leaf: simple, entire, generally short-petioled; 1--2 pairs beneath inflorescence often fused around stem. Inflorescence: spikes, +- interrupted, on axillary peduncles or at ends of branches, or flowers paired on axillary peduncles and subtended by 0--3 pairs of bracts. Flower: calyx limb 0 or generally 5-toothed, generally persistent; corolla 5-lobed, +- bilateral, 2-lipped (upper 4-lobed), swollen at base on 1 side; ovary chambers 2--3. Fruit: berry, generally round; seeds generally > 2.
Species In Genus: +- 200 species: temperate, subtropical North America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa. Etymology: (Johann Lonitzer, German herbalist, physician, 1499--1569, and/or his son, Adam Lonitzer, German botanist, 1528--1586)
Unabridged Note: According to Ferguson (1966 J Arnold Arbor 47:33--59), genus named "in honor of Johann Lonitzer, latinized Lonicerus, 1499--1569, a German herbalist and physician, not Adam Lonitzer, 1528--1586; see Linnaeus, Crit. Bot. 93 1737." In fact, although Linnaeus indicated in Critica Botanica (Hort translation, Ray Society, 1938, p. 76) that the genus Lonicera was named in honor of Johann Lonitzer, in Hortus Cliffortianus (1737; p. 58) he states "...Loniceram ab Adamo Lonicero, antiquo Botanico...".
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster

Lonicera hispidula (Lindl.) Torr. & A. Gray
Habit: Sprawling to twining, 18--60 dm; herbage puberulent. Leaf: 4--8 cm; blade oblong to ovate, base truncate or subcordate, tip generally obtuse; upper pairs fused around stem, others generally with green or +- scale-like stipules. Inflorescence: spike, long, interrupted, densely glandular, especially in fruit. Flower: corolla 12--16 mm, strongly 2-lipped, generally pink, glandular-hairy or hairy, upper lip shallowly 4-lobed; stamens, stigma exserted. Fruit: +- 8 mm, red.
Ecology: Canyons, streamsides, woodland; Elevation: < 1100 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, SN, CW, SW; Distribution Outside California: southern Oregon. Flowering Time: May--Jun
Synonyms: Lonicera hispidula var. californica (Torr. & A. Gray) Rehder, superfl.; Lonicera hispidula var. hispidula; Lonicera hispidula var. vacillans A. Gray
eFlora Treatment Author: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster
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Citation for this treatment: Charles D. Bell & Lauramay T. Dempster 2017. Lonicera hispidula, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 24, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 24, 2017.

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Geographic subdivisions for Lonicera hispidula:
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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