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Lonicera japonica   (Japanese Honeysuckle)

Lonicera japonica   (CAPRIFOLIACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Lonicera japonica retrieved from on 2019-Oct-19

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Lonicera japonica Thunberg
Published in Fl. Jap. 89 (1784)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Lonicera chinensis
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Caprifoliaceae Juss. (The Honeysuckle Family)
14 species from the Caprifoliaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Japanese Honeysuckle, Hall's Honeysuckle, Chinese Honeysuckle

Maltese name(s) :

Maltese name not known

Status for Malta :

Species that was introduced in Malta after year 1492 and spreads to form established, non-invasive populations. It may become become invasive

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Macro-Phanerophyte (high trees usually over 10m )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Cultivated for ornament and locally naturalized

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Ornamental climber usually found in private gardens but also seen to persist and become naturalises in suitable natural habitats namely vegetated sheltered valley sides

Botanical Description:

Semi-evergreen. Twigs hirsute. Leaves 4-8 x 2-4 cm, ovate to oblong-ovate, acute, rounded or subcordate at base, pubescent when young, later glabrous, ciliate. Peduncle 5-10 mm. Bracts leaf-like. Bracteoles very small. Corolla 3-5 cm, white tinged with purple; tube narrow, almost as long as limb, glandular-pubescent. Berries black.

Chromosome number:


Native region outside Europe:

(E. Asia.)

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

Introduced in  the Azores, Britain (excl. Northern Ireland and Channel islands), France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Switzerland, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia)

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

[Ab(A N) Ag Al nAu(A) cAz nAz(F G J L M P T) Be(B) nBl Bl(M) nBr Ca(T) nCo Ct Cy nGa(C F) cGe nGr nHb aHb(E) He nHs(S) nIt nLu nMd Md(M) cRm aSa aSi(M) Sl]

Images (13 images)
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-0.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-1.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-2.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-3.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-4.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-5.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-6.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-7.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-8.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-9.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-10.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-11.
   Lonicera japonica   -   Image Code: LONJP-12.

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