Buddleja crotonoides

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Buddleja crotonoides
Budd. crotonoides foliage.jpg
B. crotonoides foliage,

Longstock Park Nursery.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. crotonoides
Binomial name
Buddleja crotonoides
A.Gray
Synonyms
  • Buddleja amplexicaulis Standl. & Steyerm.
  • Buddleja crotonoides A. Gray subsp. amplexicaulis Standl. & Steyerm.
  • Buddleja purpusii Standl.
  • Buddleja stenoptera Standl. & Steyerm.
  • Buddleja textlica Loes.

Buddleja crotonoides is a shrub with a wide distribution, from California south to Nicaragua. The shrub grows at elevations of 2,000–2,500 m in oak woods and on scree in association with Arbutus xalapiensis, Pinus sp., and Crataegus mexicana. B. crotonoides was first named and described by Gray in 1847. [1][2]

Description[edit]

B. crotonoides makes a large shrub or small tree, < 5 m high, chiefly distinguished by its large leaves, < 20 cm in length, covered top and undersides with dense, soft hairs. The inflorescences are < 20 cm long, the flowers greenish-white or greenish-yellow.[1] Ploidy: 2n = 76 (tetraploid).[2]

Cultivation[edit]

B. crotonoides is uncommon in the UK. Specimens are held as part of the NCCPG national collection at the Longstock Park Nursery, near Stockbridge. Although not hardy in the UK, the shrub can occasionally survive when given proper frost protection, preferably by being kept potted, and moved indoors at the onset of winter.[3] Hardiness: USDA zone 9.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stuart, D. (2006). Buddlejas. Timber Press, Oregon, USA. ISBN 978-0-88192-688-0
  2. ^ a b Norman, E. M. (2000). Buddlejaceae. Flora Neotropica 81. New York Botanical Garden, USA
  3. ^ Moore, P. (2012). Buddleja List 2011-2012 Longstock Park Nursery. Longstock Park, UK.