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Black Twinberry
Caprifoliaceae
Lonicera involucrata


gardengeek
gardengeek

Caprifoliaceae Family

Lonicera Genus

Location

native to northern and western North America, Mexico.

Physical Description
shoots with a quadrangular cross-section. The leaves are elliptic, to oval-shaped, 316 cm long and 28 cm broad; they are hairy along the margins and on the underside, and have a distinctive abruptly acuminate tip. The flowers are yellow, tubular, hairy, 12 cm long, and are monoecious; they are produced in pairs subtended by a pair of reddish basal bracts 24 cm across. The fruit is a 612 mm diameter black berry containing several small seeds


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Caprifoliaceae
Dipsacales
Dipsacales
Thirsty Order (Teasel)
Euasterids II
Euasterids II
Real Stars Group Two
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Bearberry Honeysuckle, Twinberry Honeysuckle, Twin-berry, Black Twinberry

species of honeysuckle
it is edible but bitter.

resistant to air pollution

used as an ornamental plant.




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Comment: Black Twinberry, Lonicera involucrata

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Thunder
Thunder
August 02, 2010
Well....medicine should never taste good...lol
gardengeek
gardengeek
August 02, 2010
That's great to know, thanks!
It's in season right now, so I tried some yesterday on a hike, it tastes horrible, like aspirin.
Thunder
Thunder
July 31, 2010
Though overlooked by modern herbalists, it was formerly an important medicinal plant to native coastal peoples. An eyewash was made from the juice of the berries, as longhouse dwellers commonly had eye irration due to living in smoky lodges. When the berries were not in season, then the shreddy bark or the leaves would be boiled for an eyewash. The fruits were also used as a soap to fight dandruff, & as a hair-dye to hide grey.
The leaves, softened by boiling, were used as dressings for itch, burns, wounds, & as a poltice for venereal scabs. Berries, bark, & leaves were used in tonics for cough, or applied to breasts in the belief that it would induce better milk flow. The twigs and stems were employed medicinally for digestion problems and as a contraceptive.
gardengeek
gardengeek
July 31, 2010
Hi Jael,

It's not a common medicine, but the Native Americans reportedly used it for stomach ache, and digestive problems. It doesn't taste very good though.

Jael
Jael
July 31, 2010
what are some of its healing proporties? i know it can be used for external pain

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