Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Dipsacales

Caprifoliaceae - Honeysuckle family

Description of the family

Shrubs, sometimes climbing. Stipules present or 0. Leaves opposite, simple (Lonicera) or compound (Sambucus). Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, 4-5-merous. Corolla gamopetalous, sometimes 2-lipped. Ovary inferior, 2-5-locular. Fruit a berry or drupe.

Comment: A family represented in the flora area by two introduced species. Similar to Rubiaceae but differing in having either minute stipules or none at all.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 420 species, occurring in Eurasia, America, Australia, the Mediterranean and on tropical African mountains.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

Lonicera japonica

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Lonicera L.Description, Image
Sambucus L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Caprifoliaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Caprifoliaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Caprifoliaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Caprifoliaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Caprifoliaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=49, retrieved 26 May 2016

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