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

Lonicera dioica L.
glaucous-leaved honeysuckle (limber honeysuckle; red honeysuckle; smooth-leaved honeysuckle)
Caprifoliaceae (Valerian family)

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SUBTAXA PRESENT IN BC
Lonicera dioica var. glaucescens

Species Information

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General:
Deciduous, semi-erect shrub or twining, trailing or climbing woody vine, sometimes to 5 m high, widely branching; twigs hollow, glabrous, green or purplish, glaucous when young; bark light coloured and shreddy.
Leaves:
Opposite, nearly stalked, egg-shaped or oval, 5-8 cm long, entire, rounded or blunt at tip, dark green and glabrous above, pale and often short-hairy beneath, especially on veins; margins not fringed; upper leaf pairs joined at the base, forming a disk around the stem.
Flowers:
Inflorescence a head-like cluster at branch tips, on very short stalks in what looks like a whorl above the disk leaves; corollas yellow to orange (often purplish or reddish with age), tubular to funnel-shaped, 2-3 cm long, the tubes often short-hairy on the outside, slightly bulging on one side at the base, 1.2-2 times as long as the 2 spreading lips; upper lips 4-lobed.
Fruits:
Berries, 8-12 mm thick, red, clustered in disk leaves.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry rocky slopes and forests in the lowland and montane zones; frequent in SC and E BC; N to NT, E to PQ and S to NC, OK, SC and GA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Lonicera dioica

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) 151 801 1900
Slope Gradient (%) 0 9 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 161 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 4 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
159
Modal BEC Zone Class
BWBS
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(96), CDF(1), ESSF(3), ICH(5), IDF(7), MS(4), SBS(6)

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 not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lonicera dioica var. dasygyna (Rehder) Gleason
Lonicera dioica var. glaucescens (Rydb.) Butters
Lonicera dioica var. orientalis Gleason
Lonicera glaucescens (Rydb.) Rydb.
Lonicera glaucescens var. dasygyna Rehder

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