Lonicera japonica Thunb.

Japanese Honeysuckle

Fl. Jap. 89 (1784) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Climber or scrambler, often very dense, climbing c. 10 m high, evergreen or weakly deciduous; young stems pubescent. Leaves ovate to ovate-oblong, mostly 3–8 cm long and 1–4 cm wide, apex short-acuminate to obtuse, base obtuse, margins entire or lobed in juvenile phase, discolorous, surfaces virtually glabrous except for appressed hairs along veins and margins; petioles 3–10 mm long. Flowers in pairs in upper leaf-axils, fragrant; peduncle 5–50 mm long; outer bracts leafy, 5–20 mm long, green; inner bracts scale-like; sepals linear-triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm long, ciliate; corolla 20–30 mm long, 2-lipped, white, often purplish outside, turning yellowish. Ovaries hairless. Berry ovoid, 6–10 mm long, shiny black. Flowers mainly autumn and winter.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to eastern Asia. A much-cultivated ornamental that has become a serious weed, particularly in disturbed riparian habitats and moist, sheltered forests.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Caprifoliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Dipsacales
genus Lonicera
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lonicera japonica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lonicera japonica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory