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‘Honeysuckle’ (Lonicera) – very much at home on this island

Association Opéra di Rutali (le chévrefeuille)The following are types of honeysuckle that can be found here in Corsica :

Lonicera implexa (amplexicaule) – Lonicera Etruria (Etruscan) – Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) – sometimes called ‘a soprafrasca’ and ‘a suchjamele’.
The scientific name (Lonicera) comes from a 16th century German botanist: A Lonitzer. The meaning of the name ‘honeysuckle’ is not absolutely evident; deriving from ‘caprifolium’ in Latin, and the leafage being highly appreciated by goats, along with the fact that it climbs all over the place – not unlike the goats themselves.

A creeper in other words, especially widespread in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Leaves are evergreen and deciduous, facing and whole...

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