(Lonicera etrusca)
Lonicera etrusca


A climbing deciduous perennial shrub. Creamy yellow sweet-scented flowers in terminal heads appear between May and July. Fruit a small red berry.


Found growing in high maquis and forest areas from 1,000 ft to 4,500 ft. Locally common in the Marathasa range, at Stavros tis Psokas and Stavrovouni.

Uses and Properties

The bark is employed for its' diuretic, perspirant and emetic properties. The berries are poisonous, causing fatigue and somnolence. Food poisoning caused by food left too long in copper containers can be treated with an emetic made from an infusion of the bark.