Sorting Lonicera names

Species on this page (
A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :

Lonicera caerulea L.

SYNONYM(S) :  Lonicera caerulea L. var. glabrescens auct.

CHINESE :  蓝果忍冬.

ENGLISH :  Blue-berried honeysuckle, Blue honeysuckle, Fly honeysuckle, Honeyberry, Swamp fly honeysuckle, Sweet-berried honeysuckle,  Sweet berry honeysuckle, Haskap (Canada), Hasukappu, Hascap, Hascup (transcribed from old Japanese).

FRENCH :  Camérise, Camérisier bleu.

GERMAN :  Blaue Heckenkirsche.

JAPANESE :  ケヨノミ   Keyonomi ?

RUSSIAN :  Дикая голубая жимолость   Dikaia golubaia zhimolost, Жимолость голубая   Zhimolost' golubaia.

The Canadian site Haskap Canada Association  provides much background and photos on this fruit in this pdf file .

Lonicera caerulea L. subsp. edulis (Regel) Hulten var. edulis Regel 1

JAPANESE :  ケヨノミ   Keyonomi ?

Likely to be a synonym of  Lonicera edulis Turcz. ex Freyn.

Lonicera caerulea L. subsp. edulis (Turcz.) Hulten var. emphyllocalyx (Maxim.) Nakai 1

SYNONYM(S) :   Lonicera caerulea L. var. emphyllocalyx Nakai, Lonicera caerulea auct. non L.

JAPANESE :   ハスカップ Hasukappu,  クロミノウグイスカグラ   Kurominouguisukagura, 黒実鶯神楽  Kurominouguisukagura.

KOREAN :  개들쭉나무  Gae deul jjung na mu.

Lonicera caerulea L. subsp. pallasii (Ledeb.) Browicz

SYNONYM(S) : Lonicera baltica Pojark., Lonicera caerulea L. var. pallasii (Ledeb.) Cinovskis, Lonicera pallasii Ledeb.

Lonicera caerulea L. var. altaica Pall.

SYNONYM(S) :  Lonicera altaica Pall. 

CHINESE :  阿尔泰忍冬.

Lonicera edulis Turcz. ex Freyn

SYNONYM(S) : Lonicera caerulea L. subsp. edulis H. Hara , non Hultén, Lonicera caerulea L. var. edulis Turcz. ex Herder, Lonicera caerulea L. var. edulis (Turcz.) Reg., Lonicera edulis (Turcz. ex Herder) Turcz. ex Freyn, Lonicera turczaninowii Pojark.

CHINESE :  蓝靛果藍靛果  (Taiwan).

ENGLISH :  Bearberry honeysuckle, Blue honeysuckle, Edible honeysuckle, Haskap (Canada).

FRENCH :  Camérise, Camérisier, Chèvrefeuille comestible.

GERMAN :  Eßbare Heckenkirsche ?

JAPANESE :  ケヨノミ   Keyonomi ?  藍 錠果  ?

KOREAN :  댕댕이나무  Daeng daeng i na mu.

RUSSIAN : Жимолость съедобная   Zhimolost' s'edobnaia.

Lonicera involucrata (Richardson) Banks ex Spreng.

ENGLISH :  Bearberry honeysuckle, Black twinberry.

GERMAN :  Behüllte Heckenkirsche.

Lonicera japonica  Thunb.

CHINESE :  吸葛 ?

ENGLISH :   Halls honeysuckle, Japanese honeysuckle.

FRENCH :  Chèvrefeuille du Japon.

JAPANESE :  ス イカズラ  Suikazura, すいかずら  Suikazura,   水鬘  Suikazura, 吸葛 Suikazura.

KOREAN :  인동덩굴   In dong deong gul.

RUSSIAN :  Жимолость японская  Zhimolost' iaponskaia.

Lonidera kamtschatica  (Sevast.) Pojark.

SYNONYM(S) : Lonicera caerulea L. 'Kamchatka' , Lonicera caerulea L. var. altaica auct., non Pall., Lonicera caerulea L. var. edulis auct., non Herd., Lonicera coerulea subsp. edulis (Turcz.) Hultén ,  Lonicera coerulea var. kamtschatica Sevast.,  Lonicera coerulea var. villosa auct.,  non Torr. & A. Gray, Lonicera edulis auct., non Freyn

ENGLISH : Honeyberry, Kamchatka honeysuckle.

GERMAN :  Honigbeere, Kamtschatkabeere, Kamtschatka-Beere, Kamtschatka-Beeren (plur.), Kamtschatka-Heckenkirsche, Maibeere, Sibirische Blaubeere.

JAPANESE :  ケヨノミ   Keyonomi ?   藍錠果  ?

RUSSIAN :  Жимолост камчатская  Zhimolost kamchatskaia (žimolost kamčatskaja),   Жимолость камчатская  Zhimolost' kamchatskaia, Жимолость голубая  Zhimolost' golubaia (as L. caerulea)

Lonicera villosa (Michx.) Schult.

SYNONYM(S) : Lonicera caerulea L. var. villosa (Michx.) Torr. & A. Gray, Xylosteon villosum Michx.

ENGLISH :  Mountain fly-honeysuckle.


1. These names from the Japanese literature do not match precisely the occidental nomenclature. When the authority names are omitted everything appears fine but  when authors  include  the authorities in their botanical names some matching problems occur. This needs to be  investigated further.

2.  Apart from the above, generally speaking  the common names are not closely matched to specific Latin names but are rather losely applied to various species or varieties. This is a consequence of the various authorities having given different names to specific taxa over the past decades.

General Bibliography
Specific & complementary

KPNI,  2004, Korean Plant Names Index. Korea Forest Service.  < >.  (KPNI)

USDA, ARS, 2001, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (25 November 2008).

Tsuyuzaki Shiro, 2007 Shiro, Blue-berried Honeysuckle Lonicera caerulea L. [Caprifoliaceae] , Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Faculty of Integrated Environmental Sciences,  Hokkaido University. < >.


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