[The Honeysuckle Family on Mt. Adams]

Purple-flowered Honeysuckle, Double Honeysuckle

Lonicera conjugialis

The photo above shows a close-up of the back surfaces of the twin flowers of purple-flowered honeysuckle as seen at about 4000' along a road along the northern side of the ridge that separates the Dairy and Cougar Creek drainages at the southeastern corner of Mt. Adams...................June 11, 2005. To me, the flowers from this angle look like frogs leaping to catch their prey with their sticky tongues (the stamens in this case)! Note the inferior, greenish ovaries which are joined much of their length. See the mature fruit that develops from the ovaries below.

The photo above shows a close-up of the leaf of purple-flowered honeysuckle as seen at about 4000' along a road along the northern side of the ridge that separates the Dairy and Cougar Creek drainages at the southeastern corner of Mt. Adams...................June 11, 2005.

The photos directly above and below show the twin flowers of twin honeysuckle as seen along the Island Springs Trail on the eastern slopes of Mt. Adams.................June 17, 2006. Note the greenish, twin ovaries which are inferior to the maroon corollas. Note also the numerous whitish hairs in the mouth of the corolla and the narrow anthers which are held perpendicular to the filament.


The two photos above show different views of the fruit of twin honeysuckle. Note the long pedicel in the upper photo. The lower photo shows a close-up of the fruit, which is a berry. The berry is unusual in that it represents 2 ovaries (from each of the "twin" flowers) that are joined much of their length. The 2 protuberences on the berry represent where the 2 corollas each attached. Photographed at Island Springs Creek on the Island Springs Trail #66 on the eastern slopes of Mt. Adams..................August 25, 2005.

Paul Slichter