E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Lonicera hispidula (Lindl.) Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray
hairy honeysuckle (pink honeysuckle)
Caprifoliaceae (Valerian family)

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Species Information

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General:
Partially evergreen, woody vine or sprawling shrub, 1-6 m long/tall; twigs hollow, usually short-hairy, glaucous when young.
Leaves:
Opposite, on stalks 3-5 mm long, some with paired, fused stipules between the leaf stalks, oblong to egg-shaped, 2-8 cm long, 1.5-5 cm wide, often somewhat heart-shaped at the base, obtuse at the tip, usually stiffly hairy, sometimes glabrous, glaucous beneath; upper pairs joined to form disks around the stem.
Flowers:
Inflorescence of stalked and clustered flowers in compact whorls forming short, interrupted spikes terminal and axillary on long stalks that are glabrous to glandular hairy; corollas whitish, pink, or yellowish, sometimes purplish, 12-20 mm long, tubular below, the tubes bulging on one side above the base 2-lipped above, the upper lips 4-lobed, the lobes recoiled, lips as long as or longer than the tubes.
Fruits:
Berries, red, 0.8-1 cm thick, several-seeded.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry forests in the lowland and montane zones; common locally on S Vancouver Island, adjacent lower mainland and the Gulf Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Lonicera hispidula

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 15 112 315
Slope Gradient (%) 0 24 135
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
18 208 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
71
Modal BEC Zone Class
CDF
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CDF(71)

Ecological Indicator Information

Shade-tolerant/intolerant, submontane to montane. Western North American shrub (vine) distributed more in the Pacific than the Cordilleran regions. Species occurs maritime to submaritime summer-dry mesothermal climates on very dry to moderately dry, nitrogen­medium soils. Sporadic on water-shedding sites; climbs up shrubs and trees in open­canopy Douglas-fir forests. Characteristic of moisture-deficient sites.

SourceIndicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Information applies to coastal locations only)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is cool mesothermal.

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