Lonicera (weeds)

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Lonicera (weeds) L. - (honeysuckles)

The genus Lonicera contains around 100 species of shrubs or woody vines which are often grown as ornamentals, e.g. for their fragrant flowers. A number of species have established outside their native range and have become invasive and important environmental weeds. For example Amur honeysuckle, Lonicera maackii, has become an important weed in eastern North America forming dense thickets. Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica, is an aggressive vine which has established in various regions outside its native Asia.

Lonicera species are characterized by their paired flowers. The fruits also usually grow as pairs and can be poisonous.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: