Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it - it's nearly ubiquitous, esp common in Piedmont & Coastal Plain and in mesic habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

partial shade ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/Pink/fading to Yellow
5-lobed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla (four-lobed upper lip, one-lobed lower lip)
5 stamens
Inferior ovary
Flowers in peduncled pairs in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Dipsacales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lonicera japonica   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lonicera japonica   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 174-02-004:
Lonicera japonica   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Honeysuckle


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image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_loja_001_lvd

        

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_loja_009_lvd

        

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm110320_146

March    Greenville County    SC

The most commonly occurring invasive plant in the South, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm110320_152

March    Greenville County    SC

Overwhelms and replaces native flora in all forest types, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    s040328_ab

March    Greenville County    SC

Leaves of new shoots in the spring often lobed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

Gill Newberry    gn05_lonicera_jap_vine

May        

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm0305j_25

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm080515_029

May    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

Thin tubular flaring to 5 lobes, the longest lobes about equaling tube, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm080515_039

May    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

Keith Bradley    kab_l_japonica_73714

May    Polk County    NC

Norman Wilder Forest

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lonicera_japonica_3

August        

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm0410m_18

October    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Flowers paired, subtended by 2 leafy bracts, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm0410m_20

October    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Berry black, glossy, nearly spherical, 5-6mm wide, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

JK Marlow    jkm101112_141

November    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Stems glabrous to densely pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.