Lonicera is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Caprifoliaceae family. The species included in this genus are usually known by the popular name of honeysuckle.
They are arching shrubs or creeping vines, mostly with sweetly fragrant, bell-shaped flowers. There are about 180 species of honeysuckles.
The term "Lonicera" was first used by Linnaeus in 180 by adapting the surname 'Lonitzer' into Latin, in honour of the botanist Lonitzer, a physician who practised in Frankfurt.