Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

An evergreen woody climber or trailing shrub with fragrant flowers cultivated as a garden ornamental growing up to 10m, young growth softly hairy with flaky bark on older stems.
Highly fragrant white flowers to 4cm long turning yellowish with age are tubular and two-lipped with the upper lip 2 to 4 lobed. Flowers have long protruding stamens and are borne in pairs towards the ends of branches.
Leaves are green, opposite, ovate to oblong/ovate, pointed at the tip and rounded at the base, up to 8cm long and to 3cm wide with prominent veins.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant

Warning: Seek medical attention if exposure results in symptoms.

Common name: Japanese honeysuckle

Botanical name: Lonicera japonica.

Other common names: Honeysuckle

Family: Caprifoliaceae

General description: An evergreen woody climber or trailing shrub with fragrant flowers cultivated as a garden ornamental growing up to 10m, young growth softly hairy with flaky bark on older stems.

Flowers: Highly fragrant white flowers to 4cm long turning yellowish with age are tubular and two-lipped with the upper lip 2 to 4 lobed. Flowers have long protruding stamens and are borne in pairs towards the ends of branches.

Leaves: Leaves are green, opposite, ovate to oblong/ovate, pointed at the tip and rounded at the base, up to 8cm long and to 3cm wide with prominent veins.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit are succulent glossy black berries 6 to 10mm long and about 6mm in diameter.

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Symptoms: This plant is not considered poisonous. Contact dermatitis may occur in sensitive individuals.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant

Warning: Seek medical attention if exposure results in symptoms.

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