Honeysuckle

Lonicera albiflora

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A honeysuckle is a arching shrub like or a twinning vine like plant you would find on a tree. Honeysuckles are apart of the Caprifoliaceae family, this family contains any type of honeysuckle. There are many different types of honeysuckles like the Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera honeysuckle, the Common honeysuckle, Fly honeysuckle, Tatarian honeysuckle, Coral honeysuckle, Winter honeysuckle, Amur honeysuckle, Twinberry honeysuckle, etc. There are about exactly 180 types of honeysuckles around the world, Himalayas, Southern Asia , and North Africa but they are native to the Northern Hemisphere.The honeysuckles botanical name is Lonicera, the name honeysuckle was given to this certain plant because of the sweet nectar that is inside of this flower.
The honeysuckle is known to be edible, people usually suck the honey or sweet nectar out of the flowers stem. The nectar that the honeysuckle contains is often used for a sweetener for teas and different types of foods or drinks. The honeysuckle can also be made into an oil. The honeysuckle is also used for medicine, it helps problems such as urinary disorders, digestive disorders, headaches, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis inflammation, colds, sores, and cancer. It is know for being a key tool in a healing process.
The Japanese honeysuckle is the most common in the United States out of the honeysuckle family. The scientific name for this specific plant is Lonicera japonica. Here is a map so you can see where this plant is popular.

This map from http://www.eddmaps.org/distribution/usstate.cfm?sub=3039 shows us where these Japanese honeysuckles are most popular around the United States.

The typical honeysuckle leaves are like a round sharp leaf, with small or large spikes on the border of the leaves. The honeysuckles grow out of these ball like pockets that are on the stem of the leaf as you can see in this picture on the right side.
They usual grow up to about six to fifteen feet tall, and the ones that are like the twinning vine like structure grow together and grow up to about ten to twenty feet tall. That’s pretty big if you ask me. They come in many different colors like yellow, orange, white , red and pink. Honeysuckles grow in sunlight or very very light shade.
“Common honeysuckle is easily recognizable by its pastel-colored flowers and sweet smelling fragrance that night enhances. (https://homeguides.sfgate.com/honeysuckle-55105.html)”

Trevor, Menaul High School

Work cited
-https://garden.org/plants/group/loniceras/
-https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-512/honeysuckle
-https://www.encyclopedia.com/plants-and-animals/plants/plants/honeysuckle
-https://homeguides.sfgate.com/honeysuckle-55105.html
-http://www.eddmaps.org/distribution/usstate.cfm?sub=3039
-https://homeguides.sfgate.com/honeysuckle-55105.html

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Nicolas GENT, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND), http://www.flickr.com/photos/21680590@N06/4962684652
  2. (c) trippie14, all rights reserved, uploaded by trippie14, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/24777670
  3. (c) trippie14, all rights reserved, uploaded by trippie14, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/24777673
  4. (c) trippie14, all rights reserved, uploaded by trippie14, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/24777678
  5. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonicera

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