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: 6 cultivated genera and 14 cultivated taxa.

Lonicera japonica

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

Abelia R. Br.Description
Kolkwitzia Graebn.
Lonicera L.Description, Image
Sambucus L.Description
Viburnum L.Description
Weigela Thunb.Description

Other sources of information about Caprifoliaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Caprifoliaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Caprifoliaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Caprifoliaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Caprifoliaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Caprifoliaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Caprifoliaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Caprifoliaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Caprifoliaceae
Wikipedia: Caprifoliaceae
Plants of the World Online: Caprifoliaceae
Tropicos: Caprifoliaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Caprifoliaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=49, retrieved 16 June 2024

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