Buddleja

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Shrubs, less often small trees, woody climbers or herbs; indumentum of branches, lower surface of leaves and inflorescence usually of stellate hairs (in Victoria). Leaves often thick and wrinkled, frequently toothed or crenate, petiolate (sometimes perfoliate). Inflorescence terminal and/or axillary, thyrsoid, spike-like or globular; flowers 4-merous. Calyx-lobes slightly longer to much shorter than the tube, outer surface usually hairy; corolla c. trumpet-shaped (in Victoria), white to orange, violet or purple, often with an orange throat; anthers included or exserted, dorsifixed, deeply lobed at base. Fruit a 2-valved septicidal capsule, or berry; seeds often winged.

About 90 species, from tropical and sutropical America, Africa, Asia, New Guinea and New Caledonia; 6 species naturalised in Australia.

Several species and cultivars are cultivated for ornament, perfume and as butterfly attractants (hence the common name 'Butterfly Bush').

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.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
Higher taxa
genus Buddleja
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