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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Diervilla lonicera
Bush Honeysuckle
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)

Description

General - Low shrub, 0.5-1 m tall; branchlets green or reddish; often has 2 lines of minute hairs along length of stems; older stems brownish to grey.

Bush Honeysuckle Leaves - simple, opposite, short-stalked, oblong-egg-shaped to lance-shaped, 5-12 cm long, 1.5-6 cm wide, dark green above, paler below; tip long, tapering, sometimes curved; base rounded or wedge-shaped, often asymmetrical; edges sharply toothed, with fringe of short hairs.

Flowers - 1-6 (usually 3) in short-stalked clusters in leaf axils and at branch tips; yellow (orange or brownish red with age); narrow, funnel-shaped, 5-parted, about 2 cm long; appear in June andJuly.

Fruit - slender, long-beaked, brown capsules, with bristle-like calyx lobes at end; appearing in June and early July.

Habitat

Widepread throughout NW Ontario; occurring in a variety of dry woods, clearings and rocky thickets across to southern Manitoba and west to east-central Saskatchewan.

Notes

May be easily distinquished from other Honeysuckles of the Lonicera genus by its toothed leaves.

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