Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle
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Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Lonicera hypoleuca    Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)

Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle is an erect shrub up to 2 m tall, with small broadly ovate blunt leaves which are pale glaucous beneath. Pale yellow 2-lipped flowers are borne in pairs, the pair carried on long stalk. Flowers are 1-1.5 cm long, with a tube having a swollen base. Upper lip is shallowly 4-lobed, lower lip curved back, nearly as long as the flower tube. Bracts are lanceshaped, leafy. Bracteoles are fused into a very hairy cup. Leaves are 0.8-2.5 cm long, ovate to oblong, somewhat thick, glandular hairy on both sides. Branchlets are often purplish, hairy. Fruit is ellipsoid 5 mm, red, glandular hairy, half encircled by the bracteoles.Yellow Himalayan Honeysuckle is found on stony slopes and rocks in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to C. Nepal and Tibet, at altitudes of 2700-4200 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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