Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Scrambling shrubs or climbers, deciduous or rarely evergreen, often pubescent. Leaves opposite, simple, entire or lobed (usually in juvenile stage); stipules sometimes present. Flowers paired on ends of short shoots in upper leaf-axils or in terminal clusters (not in Victoria), subtended by several pairs of bracts; sepals 5, scarcely connate basally, persistent; corolla c. actinomorphic or zygomorphic, more or less equally 5-lobed or 2-lipped with upper lip 4-lobed; stamens 5, epipetalous, exserted; ovary 2- or 3-celled, rarely 5-celled, style slender; stigma capitate. Fruit a few–many-seeded berry.

About 180 species, widespread mostly in the Northern Hemisphere; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Dipsacales
Higher taxa
genus Lonicera
Subordinate taxa