Lonicera interrupta, Chaparral Honeysuckle
Scientific Name: Lonicera interrupta
Common Name: Chaparral Honeysuckle
Family: Caprifoliaceae, Honeysuckle Family
Size: Up to 5 feet or more, 3 feet wide.
Growth Form: Shrub/vine; erect, woody, twining, climbing or sprawling shrub.
Leaves: Green; variable shape, oval to elliptical, deciduous, sessile and perfoliated at the stem.
Flower Color: Yellow to cream; flowers medium size about 1 cm long, stamens extend from rolled-back lips of the corolla, inflorescence a long interrupted spike, fruits are a round shiny red berry.
Flowering Season: May to June.
Elevation: 4,000 to 6,000 feet, lower elevations in California, 1,500 to 4,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Upper elevations, chaparral communities, rocky slopes and along edges of sandy or rocky washes.
Recorded Range: In North America, Lonicera interrupta is native to Arizona, California and Oregon. In Arizona it is recorded in Gila, Maricopa and Pima counties above 4,000 feet.
U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.
Comments: Although Chaparral Honeysuckle is a drought tolerant plant it is found on the edges of the Upper Sonoran desert. The elongated tubular flowers readily attract hummingbirds.
A closely related species, Arizona Honeysuckle, Lonicera arizona, is found in elevations above 6,000 feet in mountains and open coniferous forests.