WILD HONEYSUCKLE

Lonicera dioica
HONEYSUCKLE FAMILY (Caprifoliaceae)

Description
This native vine trails over other vegetation and down inclines. Its leaves are ovate and opposite on the stem (A). The uppermost pair of leaves surround the stem (perfoliate). These leaves frame a cluster of pale yellow or rose-colored flowers (B). The fruit is a red berry, which ripens by mid-summer (C). Two other honeysuckles are present in out two nature centers. But both Tatarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) and Maack Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) are shrubs or small trees.

Occurrence
This vine grows on woodland hillsides and along streams, flowering in May and June. In Fontenelle Forest, rare; look along History Trail overlooking Spring Hollow.

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