Lonicera involucrata, (bearberry honeysuckle)



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Intermountain Flora
Shrub 0.5-2 (3) m tall; young twigs quadrangular; leaves firm, short-petiolate, elliptic or elliptic-oblong to elliptic-ovate or elliptic obovate, acuminate or sometimes merely acute, mostly 5-14 cm long and 2-8 cm wide, glabrous or inconspicuously glandular above, glabrous or more commonly somewhat hirsute beneath, even if only along the main veins; peduncles 0.5-5 cm long, bearing at the summit a pair of conspicuous, broad, green or anthocyanic bracts(8) 10-15 (20) mm long, these enclosing another shorter but very broad pair of bracts which eventually enlarge to nearly the same size, both pairs spreading in fruit and then usually purplish-red; flowers paired, closely subtended by the bracts; corolla yellow, sometimes tinged with red, glandular-pubescent, mostly 1-1.5 cm long, shortly and subequally lobed, with a short, thick spur at the base; anthers about equaling the corolla or often slightly exserted; fruits 3-locular, wholly distinct, very dark red when submature, becoming lustrous black at maturity, globose, nearly or fully 1 cm thick; 2 n = 18.

Cronquist, A., Holmgren, A.H., Holmgren, N.H., Reveal, J.L., and Holmgren, P.K. (1984) "Intermountain Flora" pg. 542, vol. 4, The New York Botanical Garden New York.