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11. Lonicera purpurascens (Decne.) Walp. in Walpers, Repert. Bot. Syst. 2:449. 1843. C.B. Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 3:12.1880; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. (repr. ed.) 272.1966; Wendelbo in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 10:8.1965; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 694.


  • Lonicera sericea Royle ex Hook. f. & Thoms.
  • Xylosteum purpurascens Decne.

    Erect shrub, up to 2.5 m high with papery fibrous bark. Young branches pubescent. Leaves 2-4 x 1-2 cm, obovate to elliptic-oblong, obtuse, base rounded or cuneate, hairy or glabrescent above, more or less softly pilose beneath. Flowers in axillary pairs on thin slender peduncles, 0.5-2 cm long. Bracts c. 5 mm long, linear, longer than ovary. Bracteoles connate in pairs, small. Calyx c. 3 mm, lobes minute, truncate, glabrous. Corolla 10-15 mm long, tube long, narrow, prominently gibbous at the base, lobes subequal, rounded, hairy within and without, purple; stamens c. as long as corolla; style exerted. Berries c. 5 mm long, globose, confluent or not, red-black.

    Fl. Per.: June-July.

    Type: W. Himalaya, Pir Panjal, 3673 m, Jacquemont 1204 (P).

    Distribution: Afghanistan, N.W. Himalaya eastward to India, Nepal, Bhutan & Sikkim.

    Common as forest undergrowth in temperate regions of Hindu Kush to Himalaya between 2500-4000 m.


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