Buddleja longiflora

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Buddleja longiflora
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. longiflora
Binomial name
Buddleja longiflora
Brade

Buddleja longiflora is a rare species endemic to one small area of Brazil, growing in fields high on the Serra do Caparaó at an altitude of 2400 m.[1] The species was first described and named by Brade in 1957.[2]

Description[edit]

B. longiflora is a shrub 0.5 – 1 m high. The young branches are densely tomentose, bearing lanceolate leaves 10 – 17 cm long by 1.2 – 2.7 cm wide, glabrescent above, tomentose below, with petioles 1 – 2.5 cm long. The yellowish orange inflorescence is < 15 cm long, the flowers borne in paired 3 – 5 flowered cymes. The eponymous long flowers have corollas 35 – 42 mm long by 4 – 5 mm wide.[1]

The species could be mistaken for B. speciosissima found in nearby Itatiaia, but for minor differences in flower and leaf dimensions. It is possible B. longiflora could be classified as a subspecies of the latter should more material be availed for examination.[1]

Cultivation[edit]

The species is not known to be in cultivation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Norman, E. M. (2000). Buddlejaceae. Flora Neotropica 81. New York Botanical Garden, USA
  2. ^ Brade (1957). Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 15: 11. t 3, f. 1 - 6. 1957.