Translucent Honeysuckle
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Translucent Honeysuckle
ative Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Translucent Honeysuckle • Nepali: बाङझी Baangajhee • Urdu: Phut ﭘﮭﹹﭧ
Botanical name: Lonicera quinquelocularis    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Synonyms: Lonicera translucens

Translucent Honeysuckle is a large hairy shrub, or a small tree, growing up to 5 m tall. Bark is grey, and the young branches are purplish in color. Ovate to broadly elliptic leaves, 3-6.5 cm long, are hairy beneath. Paired flowers are borne in stalkless clusters in leaf axils. Flowers are 1.3 cm across, finely hairy outside, cream colored, turning yellow. Flowers are 2-lipped, with the stamens and the style protruding out. Fruit is ovoid, to 6 mm, green or white transluscent. Translucent Honeysuckle is found in the Himalayan region, from Afghanistan to S.W. China, at altitudes of 1800-3000 m. Flowering: April-July.
Medicinal uses: The leaves of Translucent Honeysuckle (phut) are grinded into powder form then used for healing of wounds.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand & Rajouri, J&K.

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