Common name: Buddleja, Butterfly Bush
Buddleja davidii Franch. APNI*
Description: Shrub, 1.5–3 m high; branches white or greyish tomentose when young, glabrescent.
Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate to oblong-ovate, 4–20 cm long, 1–8 cm wide; base cuneate; margin crenate to minutely toothed; upper surface dark green and mostly glabrous, lower surface white-tomentose below; petiole 1–5 mm long.
Inflorescences 12–20 cm long; flowers white to lilac-purple, corolla mouth orange-yellow, sweetly scented, sessile to shortly pedicellate. Calyx c. 3 mm long; lobes acute or acuminate, c. 1.5 mm long. Corolla 8–14 mm long, tube 6–11 mm long; lobes circular, spreading. Stamens inserted near middle of corolla tube; anthers usually subsessile.
Capsule narrow-ellipsoid or narrow-ovoid, 5–10 mm long, brownish.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely cultivated, persists in old gardens, probably naturalized in a few disturbed areas; from Armidale to the Araluen-Lake George area. Native of China & Japan.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NC
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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