Lonicera tatarica

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Lonicera tatarica
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Lonicera
Species: L. tatarica
Binomial name
Lonicera tatarica
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Synonyms[1]
  • Caprifolium tataricum (L.) Kuntze
  • Chamaecerasus tatarica (L.) Medik.
  • Lonicera micrantha (Trautv.) Trautv. ex Regel
  • Lonicera morrowii A. Gray
  • Xylosteon morrowii (A. Gray) Moldenke
  • Xylosteon tataricum (L.) Michx.

Lonicera tatarica is a species of honeysuckle known by the common name Tartarian honeysuckle. It is native to Siberia and other parts of eastern Asia, but it is probably better known in North America, where it is a widespread introduced species and noxious weed. This plant, one of several exotic bush honeysuckles present in North America,[2] was introduced as an ornamental plant in 1752.[3] It is known across the continent west to Alaska and California, where it easily grows in disturbed habitat. It is a bushy shrub which may approach three meters in erect height. It is lined with oval or rounded leaves 3 to 6 centimeters long. The inflorescence is generally a pair of white to pink to crimson red flowers each about 1.5 centimeters long. The flowers are somewhat tubular, their stamens and styles protruding. The fruit is a shiny orange or red berry up to a centimeter wide. The plant forms thickets and spreads easily when birds and other animals consume the fruits.

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