From time to time, I get to share a photograph of a plant that isn’t already on the web – a Botany Photo of the Day Exclusive, I suppose. Today’s images is one of those, though the plant is starting to become commercially available in North America (a search for its name turns up only a few North American nursery catalogues and some botanical work on the species in China).
This little-known honeysuckle, Lonicera crassifolia, forms a prostrate mat of evergreen foliage. The epithet crassifolia translates to “thick-leaved”, a suitable descriptor for this species.
The second photograph was snapped a few weeks ago, when the flower buds were beginning to develop. The first photograph, taken last Friday, shows some of the first flowers to blossom this year, but also hints at the profusion of flowers to come. Today, I observed plants with a mass of yellowish flowers tinted by hints of orange and pink, all offset against the dark-green foliage. Quite pleasing to the eye. If I have an opportunity to photograph it this week, I’ll post an image as a follow-up comment.
Science / art resource link: Sci-Philately, “A Selective History of Science on Stamps”. My favourite is the set of six stamps from the British Antarctic Territory in the Geology and Mapping collection.