Orange Honeysuckle
Lonicera ciliosa (Pursh) Poir. ex DC


Collected near Kamiah in Idaho Co., Idaho, on 5 Jun 1806. (Source)

A deciduous, woody-stemmed, perennial vine can grow along the ground or, more often, up into shrubs and trees to a height of 10-20 feet. Leaves are opposite, oval, 1 - 4 inches long, dull-green above and whitish below, with small hairs along the edges. The terminal (end) pair of leaves on each twig is distinctive, as they are fused together to form an indented disk. Flowers are orange to orange-red, narrow and trumpet-shaped, - 1 inch long, odorless, and appear in small whorls at the ends of branches, above the fused disk-leaves. Fruits are clustered, small (less than inch across), orange-red to red, translucent berries. Common in open woods, forest clearings, and at the edges of woods. Full sun to partial shade. Intolerant of soil saturation.

Food Uses
The fruit is about 5mm in diameter and may be eaten raw or cooked; however, it is not very tasty.  A sweet nectar may be sucked from from the base of the flowers.

Medical Uses
The leaves are contraceptive and tonic. An infusion has been used as a contraceptive and also as a treatment for problems in the womb. A decoction has been used in the treatment of colds and tuberculosis. A poultice of the chewed leaves may been applied to bruises. An infusion of the woody part of the plant may be drunk in small amounts, or used as a bath, in the treatment of epilepsy.