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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Lonicera canadensis
Canada Fly Honeysuckle
Caprifoliaceac (Honeysuckle Family)

Description

General - a loosely branched or straggling shrub, up to1 m high, erect; branchlets green to purplish, smooth; shredding bark on older stems.

Canada Fly Honeysuckle Leaves - opposite; ovate to elliptic; thin, bright pale green; margins entire; surfaces essentially hairless; margins fringed with fine hairs.

Flowers - in drooping pairs from long, slender stalks; greenish-yellow, funnel-shaped, 12-18 mm long, 5 lobes; appearing in June.

Fruit - red berry in long-stalked, divergent pairs; ripening June to July.

Habitat

Throughout NW Ontario's boreal forest; occurring in a broad variety of forest habitats and a range of soil/site conditions, especially in fresh, hardwood dominated stands.

Notes

The Canada Fly Honeysuckle is less prone to mis-identification with other Lonicera. It is the only member of he genus with hairless leaf surfaces. However, non-flowering specimens may be confused with the Spreading Dogbane which has a milky sap while the Canada Fly Honeysuckle does not.

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