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Utah honeysuckle is a western North American species with white / creamy or yellow flowers that is found in "Moist to mesic meadows, grasslands, shrublands and open forests" in southern British Columbia (Douglas et al. 1998).
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General: Deciduous, ascending or erect shrub, 0.6-2 m tall; twigs glabrous or nearly so.
Leaves: Opposite, short-stalked, elliptic to somewhat egg-shaped or oblong, rounded to somewhat heart-shaped at the base, obtuse to rounded at the tip, 2-8 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, glabrous above, often thinly hairy beneath and on stalks.
Flowers: Inflorescence of pairs of flowers in leaf axils, on the ends of 0.5-3-cm long stalks; involucres of 2 pairs of very small bracts; corollas cream or light yellow, funnel-shaped, 1-2 cm long, scarcely 2-lipped, the 5 slightly unequal lobes much shorter than the tubes, which are hairy within and have short thick spurs at the bases.
Fruits: Berries, red, 0.7-1 cm across paired, united at the base, 2- to 4-seeded.
A shade-tolerant/intolerant, montane to subalpine, Western North American deciduous shrub distributed more in the Cordilleran than the Pacific region. Occurs predominantly in continental subalpine boreal and cool temperate climates on nitrogen-medium soils; its occurrence increases with increasing elevation and continentality. Sporadic to scattered in herbaceous understories on water-shedding and water-receiving sites in the coast-interior ecotone. Characteristic of subalpine continental forests.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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