Twinberry honeysuckle: Lonicera involucrata
Overview of Lonicera involucrata berries, commonly called twinberry because of the double black berries. Twinberry is often found along streams in open coniferous forests. Carter (1997) notes that twinberry is found between 7500-10500 feet (2300-3200 m) in moist, calcareous soils.
More information and pictures:
Close-up of twinberry honeysuckle berries and bracts, Lonicera involucrata. Photo taken on 07/15/04 Columbine Canyon, Carson National Forest, NM. Arnberger (1974) reports that "Birds and small mammals relish the berries, and it is reported that the indians of British Columbia and Alaska ate the fruit fresh or dried."
Overview of Lonicera involucrata. This twinberry was approximately 1.5 m tall.
Close-up of twinberry honeysuckle leaves, Lonicera involucrata. Photo taken on 07/15/04 Columbine Canyon, Carson National Forest, NM.
Close-up of twinberry honeysuckle bark, Lonicera involucrata. Photo taken on 07/15/04 Columbine Canyon, Carson National Forest, NM.
Twinberry honeysuckle, Lonicera involucrata, is a native shrub that occurs at higher elevations in most soils of New Mexico mountains.
Where we have seen this plant:
|Flowers of the Southwest Mountains by Leslie Preston Arnberger, Southwest Parks & Monuments Association (December 1982). The edition we quoted above was published in 1974.|
|Carter, Jack L. 1997. Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico. Boulder, CO: Johnson Books, Distributor.|
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