May 31 2009

May Flowers: Glaucous Honeysuckle

Published by at 12:17 pm under Phenology,Plants

Glaucous Honeysuckle (photo by Dianne Machesney)

Glaucous Honeysuckle is blooming now along the Butler-Freeport Trail near Sarver. 

The leaves of this plant are joined at the stem; the flowers sprout above the closed cup of the top leaves.  Glaucous means blue-gray or green and in botany refers to a waxy blue-gray coating.  Since I have never seen this honeysuckle, I’m not sure what part of the plant is glaucous.  Time for a field trip!

For directions and more information, see Chuck Tague’s blog on the outing that produced this picture.

(photo by Dianne Machesney) 

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