Lonicera ×bella Zabel
Common Name: HYBRID HONEYSUCKLE
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Ad Shrub

This is the result, apparently, of hybridization between L. tatarica and L. morrowii, and is established in the same habitats as the parents. It was first collected in 1915 (in St. Clair and Wayne Cos.), well before the first record of L. morrowii as an escape. It has arisen in cultivation and probably spontaneously in the wild as well.

Lonicera ×bella is a name applied to a swarm of variants and is distinguished principally by the combination of pubescence and very short bracteoles (see comments under L. tatarica). Corollas are colored as in L. tatarica from deep pink to white, but fade to a dull yellow as in L. morrowii. There seems to be no sharp line of separation from L. morrowii in either density of pubescence or length of bracteoles, and intermediate specimens are frequent. Because the hybrid is so common and may occur without either parent, it is keyed and mapped here to show its documented distribution (doubtless understating its abundance). A few individuals of intermediate nature may be of other parentage. Small corollas (less than 12 mm long) and/or somewhat obovate blades could derive from L. ×bella × L. ruprechtiana Regel (L. ×muendeniensis Rehder). Swink and Wilhelm (1994) treat the messy hybrid shrub honeysuckle complex in more detail.

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Baraga County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Crawford County
Delta County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gogebic County
Gratiot County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iron County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mackinac County
    Only on Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 18, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=729.