Lonicera villosa (Blue Fly Honeysuckle) - photos and description

 


15 cm ruler for scale

 


Ovaries completely fused together for the 2 flowers

 


Flowers with 2 filiform bracts 6-8 mm long

 

General: Erect, short shrubs found in mossy wetlands and woods. Fruit is a tasty blue berry about 1 cm diameter.

Flowers: Pairs of pale yellow flowers in leaf axils, we measured flowers to 12 mm long. Flowers with a pair of filiform bracts, which we measured to 6 mm long. The ovary for the flowers completely fused together.

Leaves: Leaves oblong, entire, opposite, with very short stalks, growing at stem tips. We measured a leaf at 25 mm long and 8 mm wide. Leaves with short hairs on top, bottom and margins of leaves.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 100 cm, we measured plants to 42 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist and swampy places in woodlands.

Abundance: Listed as common by Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Lonicera caerulea var. villosa.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 14th, mossy, wet woods, boreal forest, about 400 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.