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Leycesteria formosa.jpg
Leycesteria formosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Subfamily: Caprifolioideae
Genus: Leycesteria

Leycesteria crocothyrsos
Leycesteria formosa
Leycesteria glaucophylla
Leycesteria gracilis
Leycesteria sinensis
Leycesteria stipulata
Leycesteria thibetica

Leycesteria is a genus of flowering plants in the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae, native to temperate Asia in the Himalaya and southwestern China.

It contains six or seven species of shrubs with short-lived stems with soft wood, growing to 1-2.5 m tall. One species, Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle or flowering nutmeg), is a popular garden shrub in Britain.

Leycesteria was named for William Leycester, a horticulturist in Bengal in about 1820.[1]


  1. ^ The Names of Plants, D. Gledhill, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Uk. rep. 1994. ISBN 0521366755. p128