Buddleja davidii Franch.

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Buddleja davidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Holland

Buddleja davidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Holland

Buddleja davidii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Holland

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Synonyms: Buddleja variabilis Hemsl.
Common names: Butterfly bush (English) Orange eye (English) Summer lilac (English)
Status: Introduced and naturalised
Somewhat scrambling shrub up to 3 m. high. Branchlets sub-quadrangular, stellate–hairy when young, later becoming hairless. Leaves opposite or subopposite, narrowly ovate or narrowly elliptic, 3–6 times as long as wide, 4–20 cm long; margin serrate to subentire; petiole short; stipules leaf-like, often only present on main branches. Inflorescence terminal, long and rather narrow, 10–30 cm long, many–flowered. Flowers pedicellate or sometimes sessile. Calyx 2–3·5 mm long, outside stellate–hairy to hairless. Corolla violet or lilac, orange–yellow within the throat. Capsule narrowly ellipsoid or narrowly ovoid, 5–9 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: davidii: named after Father Armand David (1826-1900), French missionary and explorer in China, who was the first European to report the shrub.
Habitat: Cultivated in gardens in the mountainous areas and sometimes naturalized.
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Worldwide distribution: Native in China and Japan, but cultivated all over the world. It is rarely found naturalized in our region.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 16 July 2018

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1983). Loganiaceae (inc. Buddlejaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 336.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 58. Under Loganiaceae

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 36. Under Buddlejaceae

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Flora of Zambia: Buddleja davidii
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Buddleja davidii
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Buddleja davidii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Buddleja davidii
African Plant Database: Buddleja davidii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Buddleja davidii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Buddleja davidii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Buddleja davidii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Buddleja davidii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Buddleja davidii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Buddleja davidii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Buddleja davidii
JSTOR Plant Science: Buddleja davidii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Buddleja davidii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Buddleja davidii
Plants of the World Online: Buddleja davidii
Tropicos: Buddleja davidii
Wikipedia: Buddleja davidii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Buddleja davidii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144520, retrieved 30 March 2023

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