About 180 species of deciduous or evergreen, bushy, twining or creeping shrubs. Leaves opposite, usually simple, entire, short petiole or sessile, upper leaf pairs often fused, forming a disc. Flowers in axillary pairs or in whorls of 6 in terminal clusters, 5 sepals, corolla often tubular with 5 lobes. Fruit is black, red, yellow, or white, many seeded. Native to the Northern Hemisphere.
Lonicera: after Adam Lonitzer (1528-86), a German naturalist and author of a popular herbal.