Buddleja davidii Franch.

Butterfly Bush

Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. sér. 2 10: 103 (1887-88) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub, 1.5–3 m high; branches white or greyish tomentose when young, becoming glabrous, often c. weeping. Leaves narrow-ovate to oblong-ovate, 4–20 cm long, 1–8 cm wide, base cuneate, margin crenate to minutely serrate-dentate, dark green and mostly glabrous above, densely white-tomentose below; petiole 0.1–0.5 cm long. Inflorescences 12–20 cm long. Flowers sweetly scented, sessile to shortly pedicellate; calyx c. 3 mm long; lobes acute or acuminate, c. 1.5 mm long; corolla white (in cultivation), or violet to lilac or less often purple, with orange-yellow throat, 8–14 mm long, tube 6–11 mm long; lobes orbicular, spreading; stamens inserted near middle of corolla-tube; anthers usually subsessile. Capsule 5–10 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

*EGU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *VAlp, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to China and Japan. Widely cultivated and persisting in old gardens; recorded as naturalised in a few high-rainfall areas (e.g. Dandenong Ranges, Narbethong area, Waratah Bay), but probably more widespread than current records indicate.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1999). Buddlejaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Buddleja
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Buddleja davidii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Buddleja davidii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory